Mediright Corporate Healthcare Drug & Alcohol Testing
Alcohol Testing is conducted by breath testing using a Draeger AT-6810 machine. The test is carried out by Mediright staff fully trained in the procedure of administering a breath test and certified to a level of competence. The collector will ask for information about the donor to fill in the Alcohol Testing Consent Form and obtain written consent by asking the employee to sign the form.
The employee will be asked to take a deep breath and blow forcefully and evenly through the mouthpiece, without touching the monitor. The result is then expressed in ‘per mil’ units (grams per litre). To complete the test takes approximately 5 minutes. A second test is required after 20 minutes if there is a reading other than zero, even if it is below the Company alcohol limit, to establish if levels are rising or falling.
Drug Testing is conducted by a urine sample. The employee will be asked about any medicines they may have taken in the past 14 days. The specimen will not be analysed unless the employee signs the Consent to Test section of the Chain of Custody form. Testing is carried out in the presence of a witness. The employee will be asked to provide a urine specimen that will be tested immediately for the presence of drugs. If this proves ‘non-negative’ at this stage it will be sent to an independent fully accredited laboratory to be confirmed. The sample taken will be separated into two bottles one of which will be used by the laboratory for analysis. The other will be kept in safe storage for one year and will be available for independent analysis.
The laboratory will test for the presence of some or all of the following drugs:-