March 14, 2018
Fingerprint drug testing now looks set to become a reality for drivers operating in the transport industry. There have been discussions over previous years about a widespread introduction of this technology, however it now seems as though it has finally been approved.
The use of an intelligent fingerprint drug test allows for more convenience, hygiene and speed to drug tests that are being carried out at work. This system breaks the mould from traditional urine or saliva drug tests as we know them. New technology means tests are less invasive and time consuming for both parties involved, the portable intelligent fingerprint drug testing solution can be set up within minutes at anyplace making it ideal for the transport industry.
The intelligent fingerprint drug test system features an initial screening test that works by analysing sweat from a fingerprint to determine if an employee has recently used cocaine, opiates, amphetamines or cannabis. Sample collection takes only five seconds, with simultaneous screening results for all four drug groups provided in just eight minutes.
This need for new technology has been debated for a while as we have seen a seven-fold increase in the number of drug driving convictions since 2015. Ultimately, leading to increased pressure on the logistics and transport industry to ensure their staff are drug free. These transport and logistics companies throughout the UK have to comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, which means that they have a duty to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all their employees, so an effective drug screening and testing service should be a critical element of any workplace drug policy.
However, despite these advances and the use of mobile drug testing units it is still recommended that a lab test is also completed to confirm positive tests. Allowing for 100% confidence in the final result and no room for potentially wrong outcomes as a result of this new technology.
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