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.
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.
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.