Oral drug testing v urine testing01 July, 2011 by
Three million working days are lost in Australia each year due to alcohol- and drug-related issues, according to a 2007 media release issued by the Australian Psychological Society. Employees affected by alcohol or other drugs may present a safety risk, and employment of best drug testing practices is vital for effective and efficient functioning of organisations. However, the most suitable method for workplace drug testing still remains debated.
Pros and cons of oral fluid and urine drug testing02 June, 2011
The decision about a suitable workplace drug testing method can be a difficult one for many safety sensitive industries, according to an Australian supplier of drug and alcohol screening programs, Medvet Laboratories.
Medvet Laboratories AQTF accredited workplace drug testing course30 March, 2011 by
With Registered Training Organisation (RTO) status, Medvet Laboratories can provide on-site drug and alcohol testing services and training complying with the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF).
Frontline Diagnostics 12-minute Drug-Safe induction kit02 February, 2011 by
The 12-minute Drug-Safe induction kit allows recruiters and HR/HSE management to deliver a fast and informative program for new staff/contractors that outlines the company’s policy on alcohol and drugs in the workplace.
Your test returned a positive result, sir19 April, 2010 by Paul Stathis
Drug and alcohol testing is one of the most contentious issues in the workplace - detection versus impairment, employees’ rights versus employers’ responsibilities, ensuring worker safety versus dictating workers’ lifestyles, just to name a few of the issues. Despite the polarised views that often exist towards drugs and alcohol in the workplace and testing for them, there are important practical issues that must be understood and addressed to ensure the workplace is safe and fair.
Discussion paper on drug testing25 March, 2010
The Canberra government has issued a discussion paper on random roadside drug testing, to address the complexities associated with it and for Canberrans to understand the importance of getting legislation right.
Alcohol in the workplace is a serious yet hidden problem26 November, 2009
According to workplace drug and alcohol screening specialist, Frontline Diagnostics, employers need to be mindful of the effects of alcohol on safety and productivity, particularly during the festive season.
Union wins in workplace drug testing case12 June, 2009
A recent court ruling finds that a positive oral fluid drug test is more likely to indicate actual impairment than a positive urine drug test.
Focus on workplace drug use during Drug Action Week04 June, 2008 by Michael White*
Drug Action Week is a national initiative to raise awareness on the harm caused by illicit drugs in the workplace.
Illicit drugs cost business $3.3 billion26 April, 2007
SafeWork SA is urging workplaces to have clear guidelines and procedures in place for dealing with alcohol and other drugs, after a new report found illicit drugs are costing Australian businesses $3.3 billion a year.
Wall-mounted alcohol tester25 January, 2007
The Alcotech AR2020 is a wall-mounted alcohol breath testing unit designed for use in workplaces with a zero tolerance alcohol policy. It is due for release in the first quarter of 2007.
Drug and alcohol testing - frequently asked questions15 November, 2006
Drug and alcohol testing is becoming more widely accepted in Australian workplaces, but some employers still have questions - and possibly concerns - about the process, according to a leading national supplier of screening programs
Essential steps for a successful workplace drug testing program14 August, 2006
For most companies considering the introduction of drug and alcohol tests in the workplace, the first question asked is: "Where do I start?"
Drug and alcohol testing for airline personnel17 May, 2006
The Federal Government is amending the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) regulations to mandate drug and alcohol testing for all safety sensitive airline personnel, and may also require random testing.
Alcohol testing puts workers off13 January, 2006
A UK shipyard has sacked one worker and another is facing disciplinary action after testing positive for alcohol.