Drug & alcohol testing

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.

Pathtech Securetec DrugWipe

26 September, 2011 | Supplied by: Pathtech Pty Ltd

The DrugWipe 6S saliva drug detection device provides an efficient, reliable and rapid test with the added benefit of portability on-site and a visible result within 10 minutes.

Challenges in workplace drug testing

31 August, 2011 by Dannielle Furness

Implementing measures to eliminate or control the risks arising from the consumption of intoxicating liquor or drugs might seem like a relatively simple task, but the myriad options for testing and recording results, legal and compliance requirements, as well as the rise in availability of synthetic drugs which may not be detected in traditional tests, can provide a number of hurdles to scale before a mine operator ensures that legal obligations are being met.

Kronic: a lesson in why we shouldn’t just rely on legislation and drug testing

30 August, 2011 by Steve Allsop*

Organic cannabis consists of many cannabinoids, some of which have been explored for their potential medicinal properties. In this process of exploration, a number of synthetic cannabinoids have been developed and examined. The active ingredients of Kronic are drawn from some of these synthetic cannabinoids, which are sprayed onto dried plant or vegetable matter.

Silvent SIS silencers

04 August, 2011 | Supplied by: Spray Nozzle Engineering

Silvent’s safety silencers are designed to handle sensitive systems with large flows that require minimal flow restriction. The silencers are compact in size, provide effective noise suppression and feature a built-in warning indicator that immediately shows any increase in backpressure in the system.

Oral drug testing v urine testing

01 July, 2011 | Supplied by: AusHealth Corporate Pty Ltd

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.

Andatech AlcoSense Prodigy2 breath alcohol testing device

07 June, 2011 | Supplied by: Andatech Pty Ltd

The AlcoSense Prodigy2 is a handheld breath alcohol testing device to monitor the concentration of alcohol in a person. The Prodigy2 features a bright, easy-to-use, touch-screen interface, memory to record over 30,000 entries, USB connection to download data, in-built thermal printer for evidence, passive mode to simply test for the presence of alcohol and screen test mode for police-grade accuracy, certified to Australian Standards AS3574; 0.005% BAC between 0.000-0.400% BAC.

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