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Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing

Keep productivity up and costs down

Although there are no mandatory legal requirements for alcohol and drug testing in Canada, savvy employers recognize that failure to implement an alcohol and drug program increases the risk of accidents, injuries and illnesses, absenteeism, and reduced productivity. In Alberta alone, lost work hours costs business and industry nearly 3 billion dollars a year.1

Mitigate the safety risks associated with alcohol and drugs

We’ll help your company detect alcohol and drug use, misuse and abuse. This can include managing your program and the testing process, ensuring health and safety issues are addressed.


Policy development
We’ll help you get through the complexities of balancing human rights and privacy law with the need to improve safety. By working with Barb Butler and Associates, Canada’s leading policy expert, we can help you develop a policy that protects your employees and your company.

Supervisor training
Online or in-person, with a focus on:

  • The employer’s Alcohol and Drug/Fitness for Duty Workplace Policy
  • Supervisor legal obligations
  • Responsibilities as outlined in your policy
  • Identifying performance problems and potential crisis situations
  • Intervention and referral to assistance services
  • Protecting confidentiality
  • Continued supervision
  • Overcoming enabling and other supervisor traps
  • Properly investigating unfit for work situations
  • How to expedite access to employee assistance services
  • Making referrals for alcohol and drug testing as required in a reasonable cause or post incident situation
Employee education
Online or in-person, with a focus on:

  • The employer’s Alcohol and Drug / Fitness for Duty Workplace Policy
  • Responsibilities as outlined in your policy
  • How to access employee assistance services
  • Alcohol and drug testing processes and procedures
  • The Medical Review Officer interview process
  • How to access Substance Abuse Professional services
Alcohol and drug testing
Drug panels
We provide urine, oral fluid, and hair testing for the following:

  • Standard 5-panel:
    1. Marijuana (THC)
    2. Cocaine
    3. Phencyclidine (PCP)
    4. Opiates (codeine, morphine, heroin)
    5. Amphetamines (amphetamine, methamphetamine, ecstasy – MDMA, MDA, MDEA)
  • Additional drugs can be tested for if so required, including Benzodiazepines, Oxycodone, Barbiturates, Methadone, and Propoxyphene, amongst others
You can book through live agents by phone during regular business hours. We’re also available 24/7 for after-hours and emergency testing. Or you can book online and we’ll call you back or e-mail an appointment time and location.

You have access to over 700 testing facilities nationwide and 8,800 in the U.S. Mobile testing is also available across Canada. Only certified and experienced technicians perform our collections and testing. They are extensively trained on how to secure a site, maintain confidentiality, and prevent sample tampering.

Laboratory analysis
All laboratories we use are certified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Results delivery
You get secure 24/7 online access to test results and e-mail notification once results are verified and available for viewing. You can also receive results by telephone, encrypted e-mail or confidential fax. Typical turnaround times are:

  • 1 hour for POCT tests, breath alcohol tests or saliva alcohol screening performed at DriverCheck-owned clinics
  • 1 hour from the time we receive the result for POCT tests, breath alcohol tests or saliva alcohol screening performed at clinics that are not owned by DriverCheck
  • 18-24 hour turnaround for negative lab-based drug tests
  • 48-72 hour turnaround for positive lab-based drug tests
Medical Review Officer (MRO) services
Our strong team of MRO support personnel helps process results faster, and our MROs can provide expert witness testimony if you ever need them to defend the medical integrity of your program.

Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) assessments
If you require assistance providing SAP services, we can coordinate assessments for you through one of Canada’s premier Substance Abuse Program providers – Integrated Workplace Solutions (a division of Family Services).

1. Evans, Mark. “Addictions site set to help.” Alberta Health Services, 28 May 2013. Web. 23 July 2013.