Drug Testing FAQs

Drug Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for employees

1How long does it take to have a drug test?

It usually takes between 10-15 minutes, depending on a number of factors such as the time taken to answer any questions, how long it takes to complete the paperwork, how long it takes for the person to pass urine, and whether the sample needs to be sent to the laboratory for further testing. The screening test itself takes up to 5 minutes.

2How quickly do I receive the results?

Usually with 5 minutes of screening being completed

3Who has access to my results?

Yourself, your health and safety manager/ supervisor and the NZDAS drug testing technician

4What do I need to bring along with me when I have a drug test?

You will need to bring photo identification such as a valid Driver Licence, Passport or Site Safe ID.

5Should I have a lot to drink before my drug test?

It is recommended to have had 1-2 drinks of water or other beverage in the hour leading up to your drug test.

6How often can I be drug tested?

How often you can be required to undergo a drug test usually depends upon your employment contract and the policies at your workplace. It often depends on the role you have in the workplace, and the risks associated with that role.

7How much notice does my workplace have to give me that I will be having a drug test?

Your workplace is not required to give you any notice, unless your specific employment contract and workplace policies state otherwise.

8What drugs are you testing for?

An on-site drug screening test tests for 6 different drugs and their metabolites. These include: THC (cannabis), amphetamines, methamphetamine, cocaine, opiates and benzodiazepines.

9How accurate are the results of my drug test?

The results of your drug test are highly accurate. In the case of a failed screening drug test, the sample will be forwarded to an accredited laboratory for confirmation testing.

10Can you test for synthetic cannabinoids?

Yes, This can be done if requested by Employer.

11How long do drugs stay in my system for?

see http://nzdas.co.nz/drug-alcohol-screening/average-drug-elimination-times

12Do you keep a database of people who fail their drug tests?