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Measuring Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in an artificial saliva as required in AS/NZS 4760:2019 does not necessarily correlate with fresh sample responses. Alcolizer calibrate their Druglizer test cartridges using real saliva, this provides the required accuracy necessary for field testing.
Even the most accurate Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) breath testing devices can be affected when the subject’s breath contains alcohol – ingested not just through drinking, but via other interfering substances. This can lead to undesirable outcomes in legal, employment, family and community terms.
The introduction and widespread use of Passive testing can dramatically increase site safety and workplace efficiency if careful planning and training does not accompany the introduction of this type of testing.
Alcohol and other drug testing in the workplace is growing in prevalence and at the same time is increasingly controversial as workers and Unions worry about the potential implications and employers worry about the costs and the administrative burdens. Increasingly employees, Unions and employers are asking questions about AOD testing in the workplace, what does it mean and what are the implications?
The responsible consumption of alcohol is a hot topic right now, both at a political level and within the wider community; but to effect change people need to be aware of the effects of alcohol and their individual responsibilities and choices.
A key distinction when selecting Urine or Saliva for drug testing is to consider that apart from risk minimisation, consideration must be given to the lifestyle implications for the employees and contractors themselves.
The law is very clear – there is no legal limit for drugs when driving and the increasing prevalence of synthetic drugs in society is compounding an already challenging workplace drug testing environment; this while paper explores the background to synthetic drugs and their implications in the workplace.
Alcohol and drug impaired drivers not only risk their lives and the lives of others; they face large fines, loss of license and even imprisonment. By removing these drivers we reduce the potential for serious injury or fatal collisions on our roads.
The Alcolizer Easy Check (EC) is the personal breath alcohol test unit relied on by thousands to keep safe.
Breathalyser’s need to be calibrated on a regular basis to maintain accuracy. The unit is typically returned for off-site calibration twice a year and the major downside is this can take to 2-4 weeks resulting in the “loss” of the breathalyser for the period it is away; modular Breathalysers are designed to counter this problem and leave the unit on-site where it’s needed most.
Fuel cell technology the heart of modern breathalysers. Superior fuel cell instruments deliver “law enforcement quality” while cheaper alternatives mean owners are likely to pay a higher price in maintaining a lower accuracy instrument with a significantly shorter operational life.
This white paper examines the background to the standards associated with Alcohol Breath testing in Australia and provides the reader with an understanding of what they mean and how to interpret them.
Deployment of an effective AOD Program is relatively easy to do however there is always the question of how effective is any program? A Holistic approach considers the “whole organisation” and the entire solution required in minimizing the workplace risk from alcohol and drugs to realise a truly effective AOD testing program.