Drug and Alcohol Testing
Drug and Alcohol Use in the Workplace
Employees have a duty to ensure they are fit for work; this means that they take reasonable care of their health by ensuring they are fit and well enough to perform their duties, do not attend the workplace if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and do not use illicit drugs or alcohol while at work. However, under the Work Health & Safety Act 2011 (NSW), ultimate responsibility for ensuring safety in the workplace resides with the employer.
Some occupations are subject to legislation and regulations that specify a legal blood alcohol limit and prohibit workers from being under the influence of any drugs whatsoever – including medications prescribed by a doctor or available over the counter from a pharmacy. Some companies have specific policies in place that require regular or periodic testing of employees for alcohol and drug use, especially in occupations where a worker risks serious injury to themselves or others in the course of carrying out their duties.
How can Hayden Health & Safety help your business meet its occupational drug and alcohol use monitoring requirements?
Hayden Health & Safety offer a fast and effective testing solution to ensure your employees are fit for duty and don’t pose a risk to themselves and others.
Our custom-made mobile testing vehicle can visit your site anywhere in NSW, or you can send your employees for testing at our office, conveniently located in Cardiff NSW.
Hayden Health & Safety Drug and Alcohol Testing Services
We offer a variety of non-disruptive and discrete workplace drug and alcohol testing services, including:
- Pre-employment testing: testing individuals prior to being employed by your company
- Return-to-work testing: testing an employee who has previously returned a positive test result and is required to return a negative test result before being allowed to return to the work site or resume normal duties
- Randomly testing: randomly testing a selected group of employees or contractors present in your company or at your work site
- Blanket testing: testing all employees or contractors in your company or at your work site at one time
- Near Miss or Post-incident/accident testing: testing one or more employee/s after an incident (near miss) or accident
- Suspicion or For-cause testing: testing one or more employees when there is cause for concern, or suspicions are raised, regarding their performance or behaviour
- Scheduled D&A testing: testing in line with your workplace’s specific drug and alcohol use monitoring policy
In addition to the testing services we provide, Hayden Health & Safety are happy to answer any questions you might have about drug and alcohol testing in your workplace and provide advice and information on how the testing services we offer can benefit your business.
How do you know you can rely on the results of drug and alcohol testing performed by Hayden Health & Safety?
All testing is carried out by fully qualified Hayden Health & Safety technicians and performed in accordance with the current relevant Australian standards, as follows:
- Breath Alcohol Concentration testing
- AS 3547:2019 – Breath alcohol testing devices
- Urine testing
- AS/NZS 4308:2008 – Procedures for specimen collection and the detection and quantitation of drugs of abuse in urine
- Oral Fluid testing
- AS/NZS 4760:2019 Amd 1:2020 – Procedure for specimen collection and the detection and quantification of drugs in oral fluid (Amendment)
Our laboratories are accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA), so you can be assured that our testing procedures meet strict quality guidelines, and all results are provided with absolute certainty.
How does Hayden Health & Safety Drug & Alcohol Testing work?
1. Contact us
Contact Hayden Health & Safety to discuss your drug and alcohol testing needs and arrange a suitable time.
2. Prior to the testing date
Where the testing process is a planned or routinely scheduled event (as opposed to ad hoc testing that’s required immediately), a Hayden Health & Safety testing technician will contact you to discuss the testing process, answer any further questions you might have and confirm the following details:
· Date and time of the testing
· The location for the testing (e.g., on-site or at Hayden Health & Safety premises)
· Any PPE and site induction requirements for the Hayden Health & Safety testing technician/s
· Whether access to other on-site facilities will be required – e.g., a private room or toilet/bathroom
· The number of employees to be tested – that is:
o one or more employees for pre-employment, return-to-work, post-incident/near miss, or suspicion/for-cause testing
o the total number of employees in your workforce, for blanket testing
o the number of employees decided upon for a random selection
- The type of drug or alcohol testing to be performed (i.e., breath alcohol, saliva, or urine)
- Key stakeholder contact details (e.g., site supervisor, project manager, safety representative, etc.)
3. On the day of testing
If testing is to be performed at your worksite, the fully accredited Hayden Health & Safety testing technician/s will arrive at your workplace in our specially designed, fully contained mobile testing vehicle.
If Hayden Health & Safety are utilising any of your on-site facilities, the environment will be inspected to ensure that employees will not be able to access any items that may be used to compromise the testing process (e.g., substitute samples, liquids, running water).
If random testing is to be performed the method of randomisation will be determined in consultation with you. Generally, Hayden Health & Safety will request a list of names from you and use a random number selector to generate a list of employees to be tested, as we find this to be the easiest and fairest means of selecting people for testing.
4. During the testing process
The testing procedures performed by Hayden Health & Safety provide instant results, however instant oral and urine test results are not always conclusive.
In a situation where an employee returns a non-negative result on an instant oral or urine test, or a positive result on a breath alcohol test, the Hayden Health & Safety testing technician will immediately advise your appointed workplace contact. The testing technician will also prepare specimens that return non-negative results on an instant drug test for prompt transportation to our NATA and RCPA accredited laboratory for further confirmatory testing.
5. After the testing process
Once the Hayden Health & Safety testing technician/s have completed the on-site testing process, you will be provided with a summary report of the results returned for each individual we have tested.
Where a specimen requires further confirmatory testing in our laboratory, Hayden Health & Safety aim to supply the confirmation test report within 48 hours (pending laboratory turnaround times). Our laboratory confirmation test report provides a clear and reliable indication of whether the employee’s test has returned a positive or negative result.
Where can you access more information on workplace drug and alcohol testing?
For more information and answers to frequently asked questions on drug and alcohol testing, check out our Drug & Alcohol FAQ.
To arrange for a Hayden Health & Safety representative to meet with you to discuss your drug and alcohol testing needs and work out a testing schedule that suits your business, please contact us today.