Alcohol and Drug Testing in the Workplace

Why Is It Important?

A drug and alcohol free workplace is a vital component of a safe work environment, and is essential to the health and wellbeing of employees and employers.

As part of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, employers have a duty of care to provide a safe working environment and protect their employees.

This includes ensuring that they do not knowingly allow a member of staff to work when impaired by alcohol or after misusing illegal drugs.

It is important for companies to understand the risks that they may be facing by not implementing a robust drug and alcohol testing policy.

Employees under the influence of drugs and alcohol pose a significant safety risk to themselves, other employees, as well as customers.

What Can We Do?

Working Health can assist you to manage workplace drug and alcohol related issues. We provide on-site workplace testing for the following drugs :

  • Amphetamines;
  • Methamphetamines;
  • Benzodiazepams;
  • Cannabis;
  • Cocaine;
  • Opiates; and
  • Other drugs/substances may be tested upon request.

Working Health occupational health nurses are NZQA approved drug screening testers to conduct AS/NZS 4308: 2008 compliant onsite urine drug screening.

Regarding alcohol breathalyzer tests, Working Health complies with the AS 3547-1997 + Amendment 1-2000 standard, Breath Alcohol testing devices for personal use.

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