Illicit drug use and alcohol misuse are now recognised as factors that can affect health and safety in the workplace. The same may not be true for prescription drugs.
What the new synthetic drugs have identified is actually one of the primary flaws of basing your whole drug and alcohol management strategy on testing.
Reasonable Suspicion training is a 2½-hour course designed for team leaders, supervisors and managers to assist in determining when to request a reasonable suspicion or for cause drug and alcohol test.
The Designer Drugs Session to be held in conjunction with T2013: the 20th International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety Conference will profile synthetic cannabinoids as the new face of drug abuse, investigate the epidemiological background on the latest new drugs in Europe, present case studies on driver intoxication, and unveil new ways for screening and confirmation of the presence of these new drugs in drugged drivers.
Medvet Oral7 has recently been independently certified as a neat oral-fluid drug-testing device in Australia. The device is suitable for oral drug-testing programs in safety-sensitive industries such as construction, manufacturing, mining, oil and gas.
The WA government today announced the Drug and Alcohol Office (DAO) and the Mental Health Commission (MHC) will be joined.
Anyone doubting the effectiveness of interlocks as a means of reducing drink driving should consider data stored and correlated from installed Dräger Interlock XT. It has been reported by the company that the data reveals it prevented 37,225 drink driving incidents in 2012.
New research appearing online in Clinical Chemistry, the journal of American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), shows that cannabis can be detected in the blood of daily smokers for a month after last intake.
The Draeger Interlock XT device helps keep drivers safe as it will not let the car start if the driver is over the limit.
The Dräger Interlock XT can be fitted to company vehicles as part of an employer’s health and safety at work policy.
Workplace drug testing has just become easier for safety-sensitive industries, according to Medvet, Australia’s leading supplier of drug and alcohol screening programs. Its Medvet Oral7 has recently been independently certified as an oral fluid testing device in Australia.
The recent Fair Work Australia ruling in the Endeavour Energy v CEPU, ASU, APESMA case has again sparked a debate on drugs and alcohol testing in the workplace. Most of us agree that drug testing is vital in maintaining a safe and drug-free workplace; however, there still remains much-debated controversy about the most appropriate method for drug testing.
The use of the synthetic drug Kronic among NSW miners has prompted specialised drug screening. The Director of Mine Safety Operations, Rob Regan, from NSW Trade & Investment, says the Work Health and Safety legislation imposes a duty on a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of workers and others at work. The Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 requires that hazards are identified and the resultant risks eliminated or controlled.