Drug usage amongst employees in a workplace or, worse yet, while operating heavy machinery for transportation needs, is not just unsafe, it is unethical and illegal. People that use drugs while working are putting themselves and others at risk through a much higher chance of error thanks to the altered state of consciousness, drugs at work can cause, or the residual effects that still linger when a person tries to work after the immediate effects have worn off. Drugs can have a variety of different effects, from the outright hallucinations of psychedelic substances, to the manic behavior of cocaine that can severely impact both decision making and professional relationships in the workplace.
There are many reasons aside from the legal obligation to want to root out and eliminate drug usage from your workplace. The 10 panel drug test is one of the methods that can be used for far ranging results if you want to test for as broad a spectrum of drugs as possible. But what exactly is this method and how does it work?
A 10 panel drug test is merely one configuration of a general type of drug testing known as panel drug testing. Panel drug tests are designed to screen for numerous types of drugs from only one sample, which makes them very efficient, since it means that employers don’t have to lose too much time from workers repeatedly giving multiple samples, and the employees themselves don’t experience as much of an imposition on their time or their biology with too many tests.
The industry has a standard panel of drugs typically in the 10 panel drug test. This panel includes: AMP-Amphetamines (including MAMP-Methamphetamine, MDMA-Ecstasy); COC-Cocaine: OPI-Opiates (including codeine, morphine and heroin); PCP-Phencyclidine; THC-Marijuana; BZO-Benzodiazepines BAR-Barbiturates; MTD-Methadone; PPX-Propoxyphene; and Meth – Methaqualone.
While we offer the 10 panel drug test, this type of testing is available for different numbers of drugs depending on the professional requirements a company may have. There are 5, 7, 10, and 12 panel drug tests available on the general market, but all of them fulfill the same function; with just one sample, they can screen for a select number of drugs.
The 10 panel drug test, like all panel drug tests, can be configurable. The specific drugs that you would like to have screened can be included in the panel, while the drugs that aren’t relevant or common to your industry can be left out. So, for example, if you are more concerned with detecting the presence of prescription drugs rather than proscribed substances such as cocaine, the selected substances can be included in your test. If your focus is more specifically on opiates and opioids than anything else, it’s possible for those particular drugs to be configured into your test requirements. Note that custom panels might be more expensive than the standard panels.
Ultimately, the major advantage of a 10 panel drug test is that the choice is yours. Different companies will have different interests in terms of what they would like to screen for. A company with an extensive trucking fleet is going to focus on a different range of drug tests from a company that is largely confined to traditional office activities. A 10 panel drug test can cater to both. Note that DOT regulated trucking companies are currently required to use the DOT 5 panel drug test.