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With widespread attention, the opioid epidemic is not anything new to the workplace. However, knowledge does not equate to being prepared as an employer.
Liberal MP Katie Allen and senator Sarah Henderson have called on the government to consider making Parliament House a dry workplace, to ensure high confidence in the behaviours in the nation's democratic heart.
Positive results from workforce drug testing during in 2019 totaled 4.5%, the highest level since 2003, according to a report issued by Quest Diagnostics.
Drug testing is for the recent history of drug usage of a person. It is performed for the detection of drugs, not for the impairment of harms caused by drugs. All of the steps of employee drug testing and screening checks should be documented and verified.
While COVID-19 is causing considerable disruption to our way of life, it's business as usual here at Breathalyser Sales & Service.
There is a push in the Tasmanian capital of Hobart for mandatory drug testing for elected local representatives. The Hobart City Council would be the second in the state whose councillors could face regular tests to see whether they've been using illicit substances. It is the latest in a series of recent campaigns for certain groups to be subjected to testing, including welfare recipients and federal politicians. But they would be joining a large percentage of Australians for whom drug testing has become a part of life. So, how do the tests work and can you say no?
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It is generally accepted in Australia that random drug testing is an intrusion on the privacy of the individual. But there are a few exceptions to this so you may find yourself in a situation where you are asked to submit to drug test.
News from the USA: The opioid epidemic may be getting even more deadly, due to wider availability of the drug Fentanyl is a highly addictive synthetic opioid 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin.
A Pilbara truckie’s warning that a hot cross bun could result in drivers returning a positive breath reading has been put to the test by our Breathalyser Sales & Service Perth office experts.
In Australia almost one third of all the fatal road collisions are the fault of drink drivers. Yet this ratio it three times higher than in Russia, where people consume three litres more alcohol per capita.
Drug testing is sometimes misrepresented as being unnecessary or intrusive, especially as drugs like marijuana are aggressively promoted as “safe.” However, the purpose of drug testing is not to penalise job seekers or current employees working in sectors that require regular testing for safety. The goal of drug testing is to help establish and advocate for a healthy, safe work environment.
A new study has warned that consuming some foods can make people unsafe to drive. But how risky are they really? One writer arms himself with liqueur chocolates and a ton of pudding …
Unearthing the roots of substance-abuse disorders...
In the USA, 174 lives are lost every day to opioid abuse. Could these frightening stats be similar in Australia? The banning of codeine in Australia this week is the first step to reducing the harm this crisis is reaping.
Breathalyser Sales & Service and the manufacturer of the AlcoQuant 6020 plus breathalyser, Honeywell, do not offer any products with the industry described “replaceable pre-calibrated module system” or "self-replaceable sensor technology" for the following reasons:
It is estimated that 5 - 10 percent of workplace deaths, and 10 percent of workplace injuries are due to drug or alcohol and may have been prevented if the subject was tested using a mining industry breathalyzer or drug test kit. These alarming figures are the reason why alcohol and drug related problems cost more than $3.5 billion per year, not to mention the significant lost productivity and absenteeism.
Medical marijuana and testing in the workplace - Can it co-exist? Simply stated, currently there are currently no prohibitions on testing workers for marijuana. A clearly written drug testing policy that complies with current local and federal laws remains paramount. The policy should detail who is tested, what drug test specimen type is used, and the consequences of a violation. So employers, stay informed about marijuana issues such as legislation, trends in use, and testing technology in your efforts to maintain a safe, healthy, drug-free workplace.
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Workplace drug testing is a hot topic of discussion in employment and legal issues. Despite the concerns about employee privacy raised by various worker and civil rights groups, workplace drug testing has increased by 277% since 1987. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) estimates that drug and alcohol abuse costs employers approximately $87 billion annually in lost time, accidents, health care, and workers compensation. To further put this into perspective, nearly 65% of all workplace accidents are drug and alcohol-related, and 40% of on-site injuries are caused by substance users.
Can a hangover be worse for your driving skills than being drunk? European researchers have discovered that a hungover driver who has no alcohol in their blood can be more dangerous behind the wheel than someone with a blood alcohol reading of 0.05.
In Australia, various state and federal policing agencies conduct random breath testing (RBT) operations of drivers operating motor vehciles. These include motorcycles, cars, turcks, buses, taxis and any other type of vehicle that drives on our roads. Blood alcohol concentration limits vary, as do the penalties for each type of drivers licence holder.
While current media attention has been drawn towards alcohol fuelled violence on our cities streets, some may argue that the real hidden issue is that of underage drinking and the criminal behaviour of drink driving. Statistics show that young people who begin their association with alcohol by underage drinking are more likely to get into trouble for drink driving than those who do not get a taste for alcohol until they are older. Recent talkback radio discussion on the issue of underage drinking showed that the community is split between whether or not it is OK to allow children to commence underage drinking while being supervised at home.
When you think of a drink-driver, what image springs to mind? Chances are, you didn't think of a woman...You may picture an aggressive boy racer, a middle-aged businessman who's had one too many when entertaining clients, or maybe just a regular guy who let himself be talked into another beer by his mates and ended up getting pulled over and losing his licence.
Synthetic cannabinoids (marijuana) have been problematic since variations of these substances were first identified in the U.S. in 2008. Recently, CNN reported that “the number of cases of poisoning from synthetic marijuana rose sharply in the past year.” These findings were released by the ToxIC Case Registry, a monitoring and research tool established by the American College of Medical Toxicology in 2010.
Understanding Drug Testing at Work and Employee Rights - The bond between an employee and employer is a delicate one that involves trust, duty and responsibility. There are many grounds on which this relationship can suffer blows. But, breach of trust remains paramount. While most employees do believe and accept that some form of monitoring or surveillance on their actions is absolutely necessary, certain employee rights simply cannot be violated and certain lines must not be crossed.
Outgoing Transport Accident Commission boss and Victoria police call for lower drink-driving limit to reduce road toll
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HR Advance IR expert Paul Munro answers the question: what are the possible issues we need to consider if we plan to introduce drug and alcohol testing in our workplace and what kind of drug testing is acceptable?
Drink driving is a significant factor in the road toll across most states. According to the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority’s 2007 crash data, 1947 accidents were alcohol-related. Every year about 18% of people killed on NSW roads had consumed alcohol, while alcohol is also implicated in about one-third of the annual fatalities of people aged between 17 and 24. In Victoria last year, 28% of all drivers and motorcyclists killed on the roads had a blood alcohol reading of 0.05 or more. (Choice Magazine September 2009).
In a reversal of a decades long trend, the Wall Street Journal reports that there has been an increase in the number of workers testing positive for illicit drugs in the USA over the past two years.
Drink driving is an affliction that continues to affect millions of people across the globe. Despite the government's efforts and rising awareness, people continue to suffer at the hands of careless folks with no regard for the safety of others.
A union's bid for an employer to establish a "show cause group" – made up of employee representatives – to determine the consequences of failed workplace drug and alcohol tests, has been rejected in the Fair Work Commission.
Employers often seek the right to be able to randomly test employees in an attempt to reduce the incidence of drunkenness and drug-effected employees in the workplace as part of the occupational health and safety policy. Workplace testing is part of a much wider strategy to modify employee behaviour with the result that employees don’t attend for work under the influence of alcohol.
Cambridge United fans will be breathalysed as the club becomes one of the first venues in the city to adopt a new scheme to tackle alcohol-related crime and disorder and even the city’s McDonald’s restaurant is taking part in the project.
A company that was not regulated by the state of Colorado or the Feds, elected to move their entire operation to South Carolina. The rationale was the employees were coming in "high" all the time and the quality of work was poor. The owner blames the poor worker performance on the Colorado laws that allow recreational pot use.
Trade workers and those in the hospitality industry are among the biggest users of the drug ice in the workforce, an analysis of national drug data has revealed.
Five consecutive drivers tested positive for methamphetamine in Bunbury on the weekend. Police believe driving under the influence of drugs is a worse problem than drink driving in Western Australia's South West.
ALMOST twice as many P plate drivers are being caught driving under the influence of drugs as those caught with alcohol in their system, latest figures show, despite only one in ten tests targeting drugs.
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In 2013, more than 700 people tested positive to drugs, and that amount more than doubled to 1,584 in 2014. Of those, 937 drivers tested positive for methamphetamines, also known as ice.
The rate of drivers picked up for drug-driving now exceeds the rate of drink-drivers, and up to 30 per cent of fatal road accidents are caused by drivers using illicit substances, according to research.
If only he had a personal breathalyzer!
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Can workplace policies assist to make mining safer?
Managing drugs and alcohol in the workplace: Video and Infographic
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Lockwood South drink-driver avoids Gaol
Breathalyser Sales & Service is pleased to support NSW Police Legacy in looking after the police family. In this post, NSW Policy Legacy thanks us for our support of the Locks off for Cops Appeal.
Alcohol and other drugs affect many Australian workplaces, more than most people would expect. But it’s alcohol and other drug use in the mining sector that has been gaining considerable attention of late, writes Tara Oldfield from the Australian Drug Foundation.
We will be exhibiting at the Safety In Action Perth show: 11 - 12 June 2014
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Marijuana Cookie Blamed for Death - Dont Risk It: Buy quality drug testing equipment today!
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Posted Tue, February 11th 2014 / / 0 comments
A team of forensic scientists has completed a review of the documented adverse health effects associated with the use of the synthetic cannabinoid drugs. The article was recently published in Forensic Science Review1.
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1,300 jobs receive a welcome reprieve
For the first time, amphetamine abuse is the number one problem for people seeking treatment for drug addiction, according to Australia's largest rehabilitation service.
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Our Perth sales and service centre turns 2 years old this week!
As an Official Loyalty Partner of Australia's Safety Shows, Breathalyser Sales & Service looks forward once again exhibiting it's world class, world's best performing safety products.
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Pegasus has paired with Breathalyser Sales & Service Pty Ltd to deliver the fastest wall mounted breathalyser unit on the market in Australia.
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ABC News reports that, according to the NSW Police Newcastle Local Area Command, synthetic drug use is now at epidemic proportions:
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Did You Know… That in Victoria, it is an offence to sell breath analysing instruments that do not comply with AS3547.