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Drug and alcohol screening

A statutory requirement in many industries, effective drug and alcohol screening improves workplace safety as the use of alcohol and recreational drugs can present a hazard in the workplace.

Jobfit aims to assist and support employers maintain a safe workplace by providing drug screening and alcohol screening in a sensitive and professional manner.

Our drug and alcohol screening services cover pre-employment, random or for cause, and extends to instant or laboratory dependent on your requirements.

Jobfit offers the following drug and alcohol screening services tailored to specific requirements:
  • Urinary drug screening to Australian Standard AS/NZS 4308:2008
  • Oral fluid drug screening to Australian Standard AS/NZS 4760:2019
  • Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) certified urine and oral fluid collection
  • Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GCMS) confirmatory testing by a certified laboratory of non-negative instant results
Gas Chromatography-mass spectrometry (GCMS) Confirmatory Testing

The Australian drug screening standards state:

“Where on-site testing is utilised for screening test, specimens with results equal to, or greater than cut-off concentrations shall be subjected to confirmatory testing. A confirmatory test shall be performed on such specimens before a final result is issued.”

The following information is provided as an explanation of the different results and why GCMS confirmation testing is a MUST.

Negative test:

No drugs and/or alcohol was detected in the provided sample

Non-negative test:

An instant test when a drug metabolite is detected in an initial test. This does not confirm that drugs are definitely detected. Compliance with the Australian Standard requires that a non-negative drug test must be sent for confirmation testing within a NATA accredited laboratory to confirm the presence of drugs within the specimen

Positive test:

A positive drug result can only come from a report provided by a laboratory. It is important to note that a positive test may not mean the use of illicit drugs as medications including painkillers and sleeping tablets can return positive drug test results. In this instance, the report will comment that the drug use is consistent with foodstuffs and/or declared medication. It is recommended for those workplaces that are inexperienced in interpreting drug results to consider the use of an Occupational Medical Doctor or Medical Review Officer (MRO) to review the results and provide advice.

Confirmation testing:

Non-negative results require a sample to be sent for confirmation (GCMS/LCMS) testing in a NATA accredited laboratory. The confirmatory testing can determine drug concentration levels and if the result may be consistent with medications, foodstuffs or illicit drug use.

The original instant urine sample can usually be divided up and sent for testing. Saliva confirmation testing requires a second saliva sample to be sent to the laboratory. The second sample is collected immediately after the instant test result is available.

For instant drug screening, Jobfit generally uses a multi drug 6 Panel urine drug testing kit which tests for illicit drugs including:
  • Cannabis
  • Opiates
  • Methamphetamines
  • Amphetamines
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Cocaine

Alcohol testing is conducted using a hand-held alcohol breathalyser.

If random screening is carried out onsite, instant urine drug screening is the most common method used, as it is accurate and efficient.  Instant urine testing can offer results in 5 minutes, and will ensure that your employees are fit for daily duties, however they do not provide the same standard as a laboratory analysis as defined by the Australian Standards AS/NZS 4308:2008. The specimen will require confirmation by laboratory testing if a non-negative result is obtained.

Our health professionals are specially trained to perform authorised drug and alcohol screening, and can provide this service onsite at your workplace anywhere in Australia.

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