Drug and Alcohol Screening
Providing essential health and safety services to our clients.
Drug and alcohol screening improve workplace safety as the use of alcohol and recreational drugs can present a hazard in the workplace. In addition, drug and alcohol screening is a statutory requirement in some industries.
Safety Services on Site aims to assist and support employers maintain a safe workplace by providing drug screening and alcohol screening in a sensitive and professional manner.
Our drug and alcohol screening services cover pre-employment, random or for cause, and extends to instant or laboratory dependent on your requirements.
Drug and alcohol screening services tailored to specific requirements
All our screening professionals are nationally accredited in accordance with the below Australian standards.
- Urinary drug screening to Australian Standard AS/NZS 4308
- Oral fluid drug screening to Australian Standard AS/NZS 4760
- Breath Alcohol Testing to Australia Standard AS3547
Urine Drug & Alcohol Tests
The drug metabolites tested for in urine drug screening kits are stored in the kidneys and excreted from the human body via urine. Urine drug screening kits test for the level of drug in the urine specimen and will indicate a presumptive positive if the level is above the prescribed cut-off level recommended by Australian Standards AS/NZS4308:2008. Some metabolites may be stored in the kidneys for up to 2 months eg. THC and therefore remain detectable during this time.
Oral Fluid (Saliva) Drug & Alcohol Tests
Oral fluid drug test kits detect up to the past 12 hours of drug use and are used for Random drug screening in workplaces to identify whether someone is currently under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Oral fluid tests detect metabolites and parent forms of drugs in oral fluid via the mouth. Metabolites (broken down form of a drug already processed by the body) are present in saliva and are said to be a 1:1 ratio of the level in the blood. The Parent form of THC is also tested for which is the unprocessed form of the drug and would be present in the oral cavity after having recently smoked a joint.
Oral fluid drug screening kits test for the level of drug in the saliva specimen and will indicate a presumptive positive if the level is above the prescribed cut-off level recommended by Australian Standards AS4760:2006. Metabolites and parent drug forms may remain in the oral cavity for up to 12 hours after drug use and therefore remain detectable during this time.
Breath Alcohol Testing
Our range of workplace breathalysers includes high-quality semi-conductor sensor and electrochemical fuel cell technology options. This is one of the gold standards in identifying quality alcohol breath testers. The relevant Australian Standard for alcohol breath testers is AS3547. Any unit used in a workplace or law enforcement situation must comply with this standard; if you’re buying a breathalyser for personal use it is advisable to get an AS3547 compliant unit to ensure that you don’t get any nasty surprises on the road.
Why You Should Implement
Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing
As a business leader, it’s your job to find a balance between these equally valid points. You have to fully understand the advantages of workplace drug testing before you can adopt any programs.
- Ensures workplace safety
- Prevents job performance problems
- Protects your company from potential legal liabilities
- Improves your company’s public image
- Boosts workers’ morale
- Helps address workers’ drug-related problems
How often should we perform
testing on our staff?
The aim of drug and alcohol screening in a workplace is to minimise/eliminate the presence of drugs and alcohol in the work environment. We recommend testing 25-50% of all staff in the initial 3-6 months. You will then be able to gauge the level of drug and alcohol use present in the workplace and work out a testing schedule to suit.
The aim is to eventually eliminate drug and alcohol use and provide a safe, drug-free working environment for all employees.