FAQ's - Drug and Alcohol Testing

It ensures employee safety and promotes a drug-free environment. Testing identifies individuals who might be under the influence, reducing workplace accidents and maintaining productivity.

We detect various illicit and prescription drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, and oxycodone.

We offer oral fluid and urine drug testing, alongside breath alcohol testing.

Our tests are over 90% accurate, using advanced equipment and techniques, with highly trained technicians.

Consequences depend on your company’s policy but can include disciplinary action or termination.

Instant screening results are provided, with laboratory confirmatory results typically available within 1-2 business days.

Frequency depends on your company’s policy and industry requirements. We offer customized testing programs.

Yes, it’s legal and often required for workplace health and safety obligations.

Refusal can be a policy violation, potentially leading to disciplinary action. Testing must comply with legal and regulatory standards.

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Detection times vary based on the drug, amount used, and individual metabolism, generally ranging from a few hours to several days.

Some medications might cause false positives. It’s important to disclose all medication use before testing.

Consequences vary by employer’s policy and can include disciplinary action or termination.

Second-hand smoke can lead to positive results, but typically at lower levels than direct use.

Generally, yes, but employers must follow fair and legal testing guidelines.

Yes, employers can legally require testing as part of the employment process.

FAQ's - Audiometric Testing

Audiometric testing is a hearing assessment measuring an individual’s ability to perceive sounds at various frequencies and volumes. It’s primarily used to identify potential hearing loss or damage.

Audiometric testing is required under NSW SafeWork Regulations, particularly Section 58, for workers exposed to noise levels exceeding the standard exposure limit of 85 decibels over an eight-hour day. This is common in industries like manufacturing, construction, mining, and transportation, where noise-induced hearing loss is a significant occupational risk.

The test involves using specialized equipment to play sounds at different frequencies and volumes through headphones. The test participant indicates when they hear each sound.

Absolutely, it’s a safe, non-invasive, and painless procedure.

Consequences vary depending on the company’s hearing conservation program and industry requirements. Typically, it may lead to further testing, monitoring, and possibly the use of hearing protection.

Per NSW SafeWork Regulations, Section 58, testing should occur within three months of an employee starting work in a noisy environment and then at least every two years. More frequent testing might be needed based on workplace conditions or specific hearing health concerns.

Baseline monitoring is the initial test conducted when an employee starts, while exit testing is done when they leave, helping assess any hearing changes during employment.

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Individual assessments generally take between 15 to 30 minutes, though this can vary based on employer requirements and the number of employees tested.

Allowable hearing loss varies by jurisdiction and industry. Generally, hearing loss exceeding 25 decibels is concerning, but there is no standardized maximum allowable level for most industries.

FAQ's - Spirometry Assessments

Spirometry testing measures lung function, helping to identify lung diseases or conditions like asthma or COPD.

It’s often required for employees exposed to dust, fumes, or airborne hazards, and recommended for those with a history of respiratory issues or exposure to hazardous materials.

Using a spirometer, individuals inhale deeply and then exhale into the device as forcefully and for as long as possible.

Absolutely, it’s a safe, non-invasive procedure causing no discomfort or harm.

Depending on your company’s respiratory protection program, failing may lead to further testing, monitoring, or the necessity of respiratory protection.

Frequency depends on your company’s policy and industry norms. Generally, baseline testing is done at hire, with annual or as-needed follow-ups.

Baseline testing occurs when an employee starts, while exit testing happens upon departure, assessing any changes in lung function during employment.

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Spirometry specifically measures inhalation and exhalation capacity. Other pulmonary tests might assess different lung functions like gas exchange or lung volumes.

Avoid smoking, nicotine products for 24 hours, and refrain from large meals, alcohol, or vigorous exercise for 2 hours before the test.

FAQ's - Respirator Fit Testing

Respirator fit testing verifies that a respirator fits an individual’s face correctly and provides adequate protection against airborne workplace hazards.

It’s crucial to ensure respirators effectively protect employees from airborne hazards. An ill-fitting respirator might not offer sufficient protection, posing health risks.

We use a fit test machine to measure leakage around the respirator seal during various movements. The test is done while the individual is wearing the respirator.

Absolutely, it’s a safe, non-invasive procedure without discomfort or harm to the test participant.

Failing may lead to retesting or using a different type or size of respirator, based on your company’s respiratory protection program and industry requirements.

Testing frequency depends on your company’s policy and industry norms, usually annually or when introducing a new respirator type.

Employees can use their own respirators if they comply with your company’s program and are approved by a qualified professional.

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FAQ's - Occupational Noise Assessments

It’s a process to measure workplace noise levels and assess potential health risks to employees.

To ensure employees aren’t exposed to harmful noise levels that could lead to hearing loss or other health issues.

It involves measuring noise with specialized equipment, evaluating exposure duration and intensity, and comparing results to established limits.

Absolutely, it’s a safe, non-invasive procedure without any discomfort or harm to employees.

Exceeding limits may necessitate additional controls or measures to reduce noise exposure, based on industry regulations.

Frequency is based on your company’s safety program and industry requirements, typically whenever there’s a change in work conditions or machinery, and at least every five years.

A plan outlining steps to reduce noise exposure, developed from assessment results.

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Industries like manufacturing, construction, transportation, and agriculture, where noise levels are likely to exceed safe limits.

Sound level meters and noise dosimeters are typically used for accurate noise measurements.

Yes, they can evaluate noise exposure across multiple sites or facilities.

Our experienced professionals provide training on conducting and interpreting noise assessments.

Contact a qualified provider like Hayden Health and Safety for an assessment and noise reduction plan.

Measures include personal protective equipment (like earplugs), engineering controls (sound barriers), and administrative controls (limiting exposure time).