According to workplace drug and alcohol screening specialist, Frontline Diagnostics, employers need to be mindful of the effects of alcohol on safety and productivity, particularly during the festive season.
A recent court ruling finds that a positive oral fluid drug test is more likely to indicate actual impairment than a positive urine drug test.
Drug Action Week is a national initiative to raise awareness on the harm caused by illicit drugs in the workplace.
The single FDA cleards are self-test urine test kits that provide an instant view of the results from a test on a single specific type of drug. The cassette-style devices are suitable for self-testing purposes, with a claimed accuracy of better than 96%, and are capable of screening for a variety of drugs using the Australian Standard immunoassay cut-off levels.
SafeWork SA is urging workplaces to have clear guidelines and procedures in place for dealing with alcohol and other drugs, after a new report found illicit drugs are costing Australian businesses $3.3 billion a year.
Drug and alcohol testing is becoming more widely accepted in Australian workplaces, but some employers still have questions - and possibly concerns - about the process, according to a leading national supplier of screening programs
For most companies considering the introduction of drug and alcohol tests in the workplace, the first question asked is: "Where do I start?"
The Federal Government is amending the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) regulations to mandate drug and alcohol testing for all safety sensitive airline personnel, and may also require random testing.
A UK shipyard has sacked one worker and another is facing disciplinary action after testing positive for alcohol.
The US Department of Health and Human Services will begin testing a system using handheld personal digital assistants (PDAs) for transmitting urgent information about biological agents to clinicians.