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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Pathtech offers training in the use of saliva drug detection devices to assist companies adhere to the Australian Standard Procedures for Specimen Collection and the Detection and Quantitation of Drugs in Oral Fluid (AS 4760-2006) to comply with their OHS requirements.
The DrugWipe 5+ saliva drug detection device from Securetec has been updated with an improved THC assay, which has been designed to run quicker and pick up more THC positive results. The kit is available in single-, twin- or five-drug device formats, providing detection for the following illicit drug groups: cannabis, amphetamines, methamphetamines, cocaine and opiates.
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.