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Why speed is of the essence for workplace drug tests

Posted by John Wicks on Jun 20, 2018

When it comes to workplace drug testing, the speed at which a test is carried out - and analysed - might not seem like a top priority. But it should be.

The longer it takes for a sample to be collected, tested and analysed, the more it costs your company - in more ways than you might imagine.

In the world of workplace testing, many industries tackle this by using point of care tests such as urine, saliva or sometimes blood tests to get almost instant results. That may be appropriate if you are trying to establish if an employee is under the influence at the time of testing. But no good if you are trying to establish a pattern of usage which is what hair tests are good at.

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Workplace testing and the global workforce: where you can and can't do drug and alcohol testing

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Apr 10, 2018

For multinational businesses, the issue of workplace substance misuse is particularly hard to handle. Even the best-organised teams can’t micro-manage employees across the globe – especially if staff only work on short-term contracts or operate remotely.

The solution, then, is writing and implementing a clear SAMP (Substance and Alcohol Misuse Policy) that applies to teams across borders. This policy should be supported by a POT (Programme of Testing) that sets out a clear rationale and process for implementing tests in different workplace situations.

There’s one small problem: while the importance of workplace testing is accepted in most regions, the legal permissions and workplace cultures around testing employees change from country to country.

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Toxicity and toxic work cultures: How to prevent workplace drug and alcohol use from damaging your business’ DNA

Posted by John Wicks on Mar 28, 2018

The phrase “toxic workplace” is used with growing frequency – with Lululemon and Uber the latest high-profile examples of businesses rocked by employee bad behaviour.

While toxic workplaces don’t necessarily point to drug misuse, drugs and alcohol are often contributing factors.

Their use is undeniably damaging to businesses. According to the NCADD, employees who drink excessively are nearly three times more likely to suffer injury-related absences than their sober colleagues. Increased absenteeism, reduced productivity, poor health and safety and, ultimately, loss of profits are the net effects of substance misuse within organisations.

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Xanax misuse in the workplace: Why it matters, how to spot it, and what to do about it

Posted by John Wicks on Mar 15, 2018

Mention ‘drugs’, and most of our minds turn to potent, illegal substances: cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy, LSD and MDMA. The list goes on. Easily spotted and relatively simple to legislate against, these drugs are a problem in the workplace. But users’ tastes for drugs are changing.

Today, legal highs are more widely available than ever before. New psychoactive substances  – chemically altered versions of outlawed drugs – have hit the national headlines, the Spice epidemic being the latest in a long line of designer drugs widely reported in the mainstream media. And now prescription medicine abuse is becoming more prevalent.

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5 common mistakes to avoid when setting your workplace drug policy

Posted by John Wicks on Mar 2, 2018


Workplace drug and alcohol testing can be fraught with complexity. While testing regimes themselves are easy to implement, setting and maintaining policies around testing requires careful attention to detail.

Although companies are not legally required to have a workplace policy on drugs and alcohol, not having a policy or only having an ineffective one often leaves organisations in a lose-lose situation.

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