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Drug and Alcohol Testing

 

Drug and Alcohol misuse is estimated to cost Australian business billions of dollars annually and increases the risk of accidents and incidents in the workplace.

Through Workplace Health and Safety Legislation, employers have the responsibility to:

  • Provide a healthy and safe working environment
  • identify and manage hazards in the workplace

Employers can be proactive by undertaking the detection and management of the risks associated with misuse of recreational drugs and alcohol amongst employees and contractors.

Australian Clinical Labs works in cooperation with occupational health physicians, unions and employees by providing this service in a sensitive and professional manner. Clinical Labs offers a comprehensive national drug and alcohol testing service and provides nationally accredited staff, on site drug collection and laboratory screening and confirmation testing.

Why Conduct Drug and Alcohol Testing?

 Improve workplace safety

  • Fewer accidents and disciplinary actions
  • Increased workforce morale
  • Assist employees overcome or modify their patterns of use of such substances

 Improve Productivity

  • Reduction in absenteeism
  • Earlier detection and resolution of problems affecting job performance

 Cost Saving

  • Reduction in product / service defects
  • Reduction in health, property and liability insurance costs
  • Reduction in workers compensation claims
  • Decreased costs in hiring and training of new employees

 

Australian Clinical Labs offers:

 

  • Fully accredited (AS/NZS 4308:2008) collection staff in all States for on-site collection and laboratory based testing
  • Collection, labelling and transport of samples are carried out according to strict ‘Chain of Custody’ protocols as per National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) guidelinesfor AS/NZS 4308:2008
  • Provision for pre-employment drug and alcohol testing as well as comprehensive, random, for cause, post incident and return to work testing
  • Laboratories are fully NATA accredited to AS/NZS 4308:2008 for Screening and Confirmation utilising Gas Chromatography / Mass Spectrometry.
  • Staff training to AS/NZS 4308:2008 and AS 4760:2006
  • On site and laboratory adulteration testing
  • Education and advice on policy development and implementation

 

Specific Drug + Alcohol Services:

 

  • Point of Care (POC) testing devices (Urine + Saliva) for on-the-spot drug testing.
  • Tamper evident Urine Collection Kits
  • Alcohol testing – Breath Alcohol, AS3547:1997 accredited equipment
  • Laboratory screening and Confirmation of the 5 drug classes included in AS/NZS 4308:2008:
    •  Cannabinoids (i.e. marijuana)
    • Amphetamine Substances (e.g. speed, ecstasy)
    • Benzodiazepines (Valium etc.)
    • Cocaine
    • Opiates (e.g. heroin, morphine)
  • Testing for other drugs upon request (e.g. Barbiturates, Methadone, Phencyclidine)
  • Onsite drug testing services
  • Audit of worksite focusing on collection facilities to ensure it meets AS/NZS 4308:2008 requirements
  • Specimen collection arrangements to suit individual company needs
  • The use of selected Clinical Labs collection centres
  • Expert Specialist and medical advice
  • Expert advice and support in the case of a legal challenge

 

Drug Detection Limits

 

Drug                                    Detectable Period

Cannabinoids                  

Single use                           2-7 days

Light use                            Up to 20 days

Chronic use                        Up to 90 days

 

Cocaine

Single use                          Up to 3 days

Chronic use                        Up to 20 days

 

Opiates                              Up to 4 days

 

Amphetamines                  Up to 2-3 days

Benzodiazepines               Up to 3 days

                                           (Longer with chronic use)

 

Alcohol                               Up to 1 day

 

 

For further information or to arrange testing please call the Australian Clinical Labs Commercial Department on 13 Labs (13 52 27).