Cansford Labs - The Drug and Alcohol Testing Blog

Health and Wellbeing. Pre-employment drug testing for white-collar roles

Posted by John Wicks on Mar 4, 2019

Cansford Labs are looking forward to exhibiting at the Health and Wellbeing at Work exhibition in Birmingham on the 5th and 6th March. Our focus this year is on pre-employment drug testing: why it’s important, and how we can help you implement it.

While the common misconception is that drug abuse is a blue-collar problem, the statistics paint a different picture.

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[Cansford says] Family law ‘does not need lawyers’

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Feb 27, 2019

A website that pairs McKenzie Friends with members of the public has claimed that lawyers are not needed in family court.

The move is headed by Philip Ledge, a retired Chief Inspector and once Home Office advisor, who now runs McKenziefriendUK; a website that hires former police officers to help its clients self-litigate.

“We are clear that you don’t need lawyers in a family court,” he told the Law Gazette. “It’s about getting a fair outcome. The legal system in family law is no more than human disagreement – there are no legal questions.”

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Why you should use oral fluid and hair testing for workplace drug tests

Posted by John Wicks on Feb 20, 2019

When it comes to workplace drug testing, two of the most common test methods are hair and saliva. While both are highly effective, they serve different purposes and offer different types of insight into drug or alcohol usage.

One allows you to test for historical usage up to 12 months, the other detects drug use within the previous few days - and that’s not the only difference. So which should employers use?

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What do drug levels in the system mean in reality?

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Feb 18, 2019

Every drug and alcohol test that Cansford Labs conducts will result in a report that explains the results. Substance levels are shown as numbers, and we'll also include our interpretation of what it all means - based on the results and the information given to us by the client.

We can say with some confidence whether a person has used cocaine in the past month, and if the lawyer tells us they’ve said they attended parties in that time, we can build up a likely picture. What we can’t say, is exactly how much cocaine they used. X levels of drugs in the system does not immediately equate to a specific number - there are too many variables to be so precise.

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Workplace drug testing programmes: Key considerations

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Feb 13, 2019

Substance abuse is a perpetual problem that continues to linger in many businesses. Aside from high-risk industries, however, UK law puts the onus on firms to devise and develop their own drug and alcohol policies.

It’s telling, then, that only 21% of UK employers currently have a strict drug and alcohol policy in place. One problem could well be that businesses don’t know where to start. Developing a robust and legally defensible drug and alcohol policy that not only satisfies the company’s legal and insurance requirements but also takes into account employee health and well-being is not easy.

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