FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Drug and Alcohol Test Related Questions, Answered for You
HOW DOES THE TESTING PROCEDURE WORK?
All of our tests are designed to be as quick and effective as possible without causing undue disruption to the workplace. unless it is a "for cause" test, the people to be tested are chosen at random using our software. All our tests are conducted on a one to one basis and dependant on the type of test, can be conducted at the persons work station.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THE TESTS?
Any test First Cohort International conduct, our chain of evidence procedure is followed at all times. Test participants, should they wish, can conduct the tests in a private area. The paperwork is completed and the sample is collected and tested there and then. The results of the test are recorded and, if it is required, the sample is sealed and sent to our laboratory for qualative and quantitive analysis
CAN I LOOSE MY JOB?
That is dependent on your companies policies and procedures. First Cohort International can offer help and guidance throughout the implementation and applying of the drug and alcohol testing procedure to support your business requirements.
DO I HAVE TO WEAR A MEDICAL GOWN?
No. The testing procedure is not medical, you do not require any specialist clothing and your work clothing is fine.
CAN I REFUSE TO UNDERTAKE THE TEST?
You cannot be forced to take the test, your company should have a Drug and Alcohol testing policy in place prior to tests being undertaken.
Everyone within the business should know the company policy regarding testing
IS IT LEGAL?
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 along with other legislation, an employer has a duty of care to protect the workforce and others who may be affected by their acts and omissions.
An employer is well within their rights to refuse to let an employee they suspect to be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol from working if they believe they pose a health and safety risk.
I AM ON MEDICATION FROM MY DOCTOR, WILL THIS SHOW UP?
There is a chance that some medication can display a false positive on the test. before tests are conducted, the test facilitator will ask if the participant is currently taking any medication. It is important at this point that any medication currently being taken is declared.
I USE DRUGS/ALCOHOL ON A REGULAR BASIS, IS THERE ANY HELP OR SUPPORT FOR ME?
There are various help and support groups available along with awareness course. First Cohort International can offer advice and guidance to employers to support their employees.