While urine testing can detect impairment from alcohol, it can only detect the presence of drugs. The test can determine whether a person has used specific drugs in the past few days or weeks, even after the effects have worn off. Urine tests can detect both illegal and prescription drugs.
In Australia, it is legal to perform drug and alcohol testing in the workplace but you must have a drug and alcohol policy in place before implementing a testing programme. How often you test and what you test for will be clarified in this policy.
Most companies will choose between a urine or saliva drug test, but how do you choose which one is the most suitable for your business?
Acting as a deterrent, drug and alcohol testing identifies employees who may compromise safety. This helps organisations protect the wellbeing of workers, contactors, visitors, and in some cases, the public and the communities in which they operate.
Workplace drug testing is becoming more commonplace in Australian businesses, with many organisations now requiring mandatory tests every month. For those working in construction, aviation and mining, alcohol and drug testing is regulated.
In our latest article, we will discuss the range of strategies that workplaces can employ as responses to alcohol and other substance issues within the workplace.