When managing an in-house testing program, minimising the distress that an alternate result can elicit relies on adequate education and training to ensure staff are able handle the situation as required by law and to provide the appropriate levels of support as needed.
Results from Queensland wastewater show methamphetamine consumption has increased five times since 2009.
In this article, Safety Solutions asks MedVet's in-house toxicologist Steve Korkoneas about what drug and alcohol testing results are revealing about Australian workplaces and how drug and alcohol testing policies and procedures can be implemented effectively.
Most people recognise that drug or alcohol abuse can be a warning sign of a mental health crisis. As such, drug and alcohol testing can be the first to uncover what may well be a potential problem. Likewise, wellness programs establish positively focused activities to improve the mental and physical health of the workforce. Both are opportunities to support the mental health of the workforce but doing so comes with its own set of challenges. Ensuring your programs are, and are seen to be, fair and reasonable is essential to secure the support and participation of your stakeholders.
As drug use becomes more prevalent, the impact it has on business and the economy overall is becoming harder to ignore. Many industry sectors are now at significant risk of failing to meet their WHS obligations — and it is no longer just transport, construction and other trades in the firing line.
A national drug testing laboratory group has warned that a wave of designer drugs that can only be found with advanced screening is infiltrating Australian workplaces.
The TacticID-GP from B&W Tek is a field-ready handheld instrument designed for non-contact forensic analysis by safety personnel, such as police and first responders, hazmat technicians, bomb squads, law enforcement, border and customs patrol and military personnel.
The Andatech AlcoSense Precision+ industrial breathalyser is designed to provide an efficient and reliable method for on-site alcohol breath testing.
The handheld DOA Multi-Screen Drug Detection Reader can be used for drug testing with oral fluid (saliva) and urine.
Construction workers and their employers could have a new tool, which was launched today by Swinburne University of Technology, to tackle alcohol and drug use and help create a safer workplace.
Two well-known drug testing agencies have formed a collaborative partnership to open a new testing facility in New Zealand to combat the growing demand for drug abuse detection.
A recent online survey conducted by the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC) has found Australian workers believe cannabis use has a detrimental effect on the performance of their co-workers.
A remote mining site in the Northern Territory organised in-house training to ensure all its staff were adequately and consistently trained in the correct drug and alcohol testing in-house procedures for its FIFO workforce.
Repeat drink drivers in Western Australia will now be forced to install and pay for an interlock system in their vehicles.