Cansford Labs - The Drug and Alcohol Testing Blog

A guide to the Cansford Labs collections process

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Oct 11, 2018

For hair drug tests to stand up in court, you need to be sure that everything is done by the book. That means choosing an accredited lab, ensuring your client is prepared, a solid chain of custody, and accurate interpretation of the results.

Without these things, all of the money, time and client anxiety that a hair drug test involves may well be for nothing.

To explain how our collections process works and how it helps to resolve the challenges faced by our legal clients, we sat down with Chris Bell, head of our collections team, for his take on the process. Chris has been with Cansford Laboratories for six years, but has worked with our founder John Wicks since 2001. Before that, he ran the drug testing scheme for the Royal Navy, and having built the Cansford collections function from scratch, he’s the perfect person to explain how it all works.

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[Cansford says] Random drug and alcohol testing could be brought in for council staff

Posted by John Wicks on Oct 5, 2018

Medical staff, the armed forces, professional drivers, pilots - in certain professions, drug testing just makes sense. In such safety-sensitive roles, workers under the influence of drugs or alcohol could not only put their own lives at risk, but the lives of the general public too.

But should such testing be mandatory for anyone, in any workplace?

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IOSH Conference 2018: 4 key takeaways

Posted by John Wicks on Sep 28, 2018

September 17th and 18th saw the Cansford team decamp to Birmingham for a few days for the 2018 IOSH Annual Conference. Organised by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, the two-day event featured a varied programme with topics that spanned risk management, the contribution of OSH to productivity, litigation and legislation, and more: areas with which our work in workplace drug and alcohol testing is closely aligned.

Before the event, we shared our thoughts on the talks not to be missed. But the insights we gained weren’t just from the talks: our learnings also came from other exhibitors, visitors to our stand, IOSH management and others.

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[Cansford says] Courts for addicted parents work. So why are they being stripped of support?

Posted by John Wicks on Sep 20, 2018

The Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) serves a vital purpose: to tackle parental substance dependency, and to keep children from entering the care system, where possible. Launched in January 2008, it offers an alternative, problem-solving approach to care proceedings for families where children are at risk due to parental drug and/or alcohol misuse.

In England, 10 specialist FDAC teams work across 15 courts in 23 local authority areas, and are currently under the umbrella of the FDAC National Unit.

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IOSH 2018: 5 talks you don't want to miss

Posted by John Wicks on Sep 17, 2018

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is the world’s biggest professional health and safety organisation, and its annual conference is the voice, eyes and ears of the health and safety industry. IOSH 2018 has opened its doors to 800 delegates from workplace health and beyond, helping them create safer, healthier and better places in which to work.

We're there - ‘there’ being the International Conference Centre in Birmingham, on the 17th and 18th September 2018 - and we’ve put together a hit list of vital panels for anyone interested in drug testing and drug policy in the workplace. Here they are.

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