More and more people are turning to Cannabis. Whether it helps them to relax after a stressful day at work or they take it for medical purposes, there is no doubt that the side effects are dangerous, especially when it comes to the workplace.
When people use Cannabis, they are putting themselves and their colleagues at risk and often, the individual may feel the need to use whilst at work. Whether they are operating machinery, working in a dangerous environment or making crucial decisions, Cannabis can impair thinking and does put people at risk. Therefore, it is important that employers consider the importance of conducting regular cannabis testing programs which the team at MECX Medical can help businesses with.
THC, which is a chemical compound found in Cannabis is determined by a number of factors such as metabolism and how frequently they use it. Fortunately, for employers, Cannabis can be detected easily and the results determined instantly.
What Types of Tests are There?
Saliva Tests – These tests are non-evasive and they are extremely simple to use. Evidence of Cannabis use can only be found between 3 and 24 hours after the drug has entered the system and so, it does not remain in the saliva for very long.
Hair Drug Tests – In order to carry out this test, a hair sample will need to be taken from the scalp of the donor. These tests are highly accurate as they offer 99% accuracy and they can detect use as far back as 90 days. This is down to the hair follicles permanently retaining metabolites until the hair is removed. These are very sensitive drug tests and so, even those who very rarely use Cannabis could test positive.
Urine Drug Tests – which MECX Medical offer! This test can be used to detect Cannabis for up to 30 days after the person has used the drug. Out of all drug testing options for Cannabis, this is one of the most highly effective and it is also affordable, especially if the screening needs to be undertaken in the workplace with a large workforce. If you have a large workforce and need help with setting up an inexpensive drug testing program then the team at MECX Medical are here to help.
Drug testing is an important part of safety in the workplace, particularly in the rail industry and other industries where risks are apparent each day. Ensuring the safety of your workforce is as simple as carrying out one of these tests, helping you to identify those who use cannabis and pose a risk to the safety of your staff.