Privacy & Confidentiality

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“Privacy & confidentiality is of paramount importance when conducting drug testing for your Drug and Alcohol Program.”

A correctly structured and managed testing program will assist in avoiding issues over privacy & confidentiality. You should ensure the external testing agency or your in-house “collectors” demonstrate true recognition of the importance of these issues.  Specific training regarding all aspects of privacy & confidentiality should have been provided to all of the “collectors”.

If protective measures are put in place to ...

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Saliva Testing Works – Why is a Trial Required?

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Is your company considering a comparison trial wherein you conduct two tests on each employee, one urine and one saliva?

This type of trial approach, can be fundamentally flawed.

Ensure you are clear on what you are trying to achieve and what questions truly require answers.

Some food for thought…


First, don’t ignore the bigger picture.

What is the purpose of your drug testing program?

Fitness for work (recent use of drugs) OR History of ...

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Privacy & Confidentiality – Four Important Points

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Here is some food for thought…                                                          

  1. Correct handling and storage of alcohol and other drug testing records can avoid major issues. You may wish to consider storing such records separate from employees’ personnel files to avoid any records being inadvertently viewed. Access to these types of records should be restricted to key ...
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Alcohol Testing vs Drug Testing – Equal Importance?

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During my years in the industry it has been evident that alcohol testing receives less emphasis and publicity than drug testing.  This is most interesting when alcohol is:

I must conclude that alcohol testing receives the least exposure because:

For workplaces conducting a testing program, the importance of the alcohol testing must not be overlooked.  The fact that it is easier to test for, and less contentious should be reason enough to make it a priority. It is a ...

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Alcohol in the Workplace 0.05% vs 0.00%

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Recently, media reports have been published regarding Southern Water in Tasmania and union resistance to 0.00% in their new alcohol policy.

The claims of their union members (Australian Services Union) include that a 0.00% places responsibility on employees which is “above the law”.

A quote from the ASU website goes on to say 0.00% is “unworkable, unreasonable and goes beyond the accepted legal and community standard of 0.05%”. 

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Nine Tips to Ensure Your New Drug & Alcohol Testing Program is Readily Accepted by Your Employees

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“With modern, best practice drug & alcohol testing programs there are no longer any excuses for Employers not to implement them.”

The two most significant obstacles to employee acceptance of your drug & alcohol testing program are:

  • Misinformation.
  • Unfair policy & procedure or testing methods.

Overcoming these obstacles is a straight forward process. To ensure fairness in your testing program and remove misinformation follow the below nine tips:

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School Drug Testing – A new direction for Australia?

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I read with interest recent media reports regarding TSS school in Southport QLD.  Their principal Greg Wain has announced he intends to implement random drug testing of students in the coming new term.

Based upon media reports the feedback from students involved and the parents has been positive. The school has correctly advanced this program by consulting with the students and parents involved.  This is a step in the right direction. Misinformation is one of the most common reasons ...

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