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The ins & outs of in-house testing

When deciding how to implement drug & alcohol testing at your workplace, the in-house option can seem attractive. Train a couple of responsible employees to do the tests. Keep it simple. Save some money. Right? Wrong! This seemingly economical approach could end up costing your organisation a lot more than you may think.

If you are considering in-house testing, there is a lot to think about: before, during and after testing:

 1) Storage and adequate supplies of in-date stock

 2) Calibration and use of controls

 3) How to transport non-negative samples to the laboratory

 4) Chain of custody procedures

 5) How to interpret laboratory reports and fitness for work assessments

 6) Collectors – are they accredited and are they willing and able to deal with potentially highly emotional situations, especially after a non-negative result?

 7) Safe disposal of used test kits

These are just a few - there is lots more to consider.

By using an independent, expert, third-party tester, both the employer and the workers can have faith in the testing procedure. Furthermore, DASA's medical and health focus means we can reassure all parties, de-escalate a situation and get the testing done efficiently and - importantly - in a way that complies with the Standard.

Our "In-house Drug & Alcohol Testing" fact sheet is a great way to inform yourself on this topic.

It is available FREE of charge. Simply send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on (02) 8001-2535.


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