Drug & alcohol testing

Prescription drug misuse in the workplace

18 June, 2013 by A/Prof Apo Demirkol, Assess Medical Group AMG | Supplied by: Assess Medical Group

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.


Testing not enough for designer drugs

30 May, 2013 by Professor Jeremy Davey*

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.


Medvet Reasonable Suspicion drug and/or alcohol testing workplace training

27 May, 2013 | Supplied by: AusHealth Corporate Pty Ltd

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.


Designer drugs: the new face of a workplace safety issue

15 May, 2013

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 Oral Fluid Device

12 April, 2013 | Supplied by: AusHealth Corporate Pty Ltd

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.


MHC and the DAO to amalgamate in WA

10 April, 2013

The WA government today announced the Drug and Alcohol Office (DAO) and the Mental Health Commission (MHC) will be joined.


Drink driving incidents prevented using interlocks

10 April, 2013 | Supplied by: Draeger Safety Pacific Pty Ltd

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 study shows cannabis effects on driving skills

18 March, 2013

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.


Device helps employees make the choice to drink or drive

13 February, 2013

The Draeger Interlock XT device helps keep drivers safe as it will not let the car start if the driver is over the limit.


Dräger Interlock XT breath-alcohol measuring instrument

18 January, 2013 | Supplied by: Draeger Safety Pacific Pty Ltd

The Dräger Interlock XT can be fitted to company vehicles as part of an employer’s health and safety at work policy.


Oral drug testing now certified

03 December, 2012 | Supplied by: AusHealth Corporate Pty Ltd

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.


LaneWorkSafe Split Specimen Cup

01 December, 2012 | Supplied by: LaneWorkSafe Pty Ltd

The LaneWorkSafe Split Specimen Cup provides accurate results and is simple to use.


Storm in a pee cup

27 June, 2012 by Mansi Gandhi

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.


Legal and illegal substances take toll on safety of mine workers

04 June, 2012 | Supplied by: Mine Safety, Division of Resources and Energy, NSW Trade & Investment

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.


Alcolizer 5 Series handheld breath tester

19 March, 2012 | Supplied by: http://www.alcolizer.com/

The Alcolizer 5 Series is a handheld breath tester. The device incorporates a removable sampling module that eliminates the need for units to be returned to the laboratory for recalibration.


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