Drug & alcohol testing

Your test returned a positive result, sir

19 April, 2010 by Paul Stathis

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.

Discussion paper on drug testing

25 March, 2010

The Canberra government has issued a discussion paper on random roadside drug testing, to address the complexities associated with it and for Canberrans to understand the importance of getting legislation right.

Draeger DrugTest 5000 system

16 March, 2010 | Supplied by: Draeger Australia Pty. Ltd.

The DrugTest 5000 system is a fast and accurate means of detecting drugs of abuse in oral fluid for six substance classes. The portable, hygienic system is easy to use and claimed to be precise in its result.

Alcohol in the workplace is a serious yet hidden problem

26 November, 2009

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.

Union wins in workplace drug testing case

12 June, 2009

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.

Alcohol breathalysers

09 June, 2009 | Supplied by: Breathalyser Services

The HH1 and HH2 models of alcohol breathalysers are handheld devices designed for use in workplace applications. To ensure their accuracy is maintained, the breathalysers are certified to Australian Standard AS 3547.

Focus on workplace drug use during Drug Action Week

04 June, 2008 by Michael White*

Drug Action Week is a national initiative to raise awareness on the harm caused by illicit drugs in the workplace.

Self-test urine drug test kits

21 November, 2007 | Supplied by: Australian Consolidated Products Pty Ltd

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.

Illicit drugs cost business $3.3 billion

26 April, 2007

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.

Wall-mounted alcohol tester

25 January, 2007 | Supplied by: http://www.alcotech.com.au/

The Alcotech AR2020 is a wall-mounted alcohol breath testing unit designed for use in workplaces with a zero tolerance alcohol policy. It is due for release in the first quarter of 2007.

Drug and alcohol testing - frequently asked questions

15 November, 2006 | Supplied by: dtec Australia

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

Essential steps for a successful workplace drug testing program

14 August, 2006 | Supplied by: dtec Australia

For most companies considering the introduction of drug and alcohol tests in the workplace, the first question asked is: "Where do I start?"

Drug and alcohol testing for airline personnel

17 May, 2006

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.

Alcohol testing puts workers off

13 January, 2006

A UK shipyard has sacked one worker and another is facing disciplinary action after testing positive for alcohol.

Bioterror information alert

16 July, 2003

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.

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