Firms Can Now Maintain Social Distancing When Drug Testing

Firms Can Now Maintain Social Distancing When Drug Testing

Transport and logistics firms have been busier than ever during the COVID-19 lockdown – with the sector recruiting thousands of new drivers and warehouse staff to handle increased home delivery demands. Despite rapid recruitment and operational challenges, the industry still needs to follow drug policies and testing processes to ensure fitness for duty, and protect the health and safety of employees, customers and the general public.

According to Intelligent Fingerprinting, traditional drug testing methods present challenges when it comes to enabling hygienic testing to be carried out while social distancing. Oral fluid tests require the collection of an individual’s saliva, while urine drug tests also involve the handling of messy and biohazardous samples. In contrast, the fingerprint drug testing method, which works by collecting an employee’s fingerprint sweat samples onto a small drug screening cartridge, is non-invasive and meets the Government’s key guidelines for supporting social distancing while at work by:

  • Enabling employees to self-administer their own fingerprint sample collection, allowing them to keep at least 2m away from the tester
  • Removing the need for prolonged proximity during testing as sample collection takes just one minute, with results available in 10 minutes
  • Avoiding close face-to-face contact or handling of biohazardous body fluids as there’s no requirement for oral swabs or urine sample collection
  • Allowing both test administrators and those being tested to wear protective face masks throughout the drug testing process, unlike oral fluid tests where masks would need to be removed to collect an oral swab sample

“Ensuring safe and hygienic drug testing has proved a complex challenge for logistics and transport firms, particularly as Government recommendations include trying to keep a 2m distance from other people, minimising the amount of time you spend in close contact, and – if possible – wearing a face covering when in an enclosed space,” explained Intelligent Fingerprinting’s Dr Paul Yates. “Fingerprint testing not only helps solve all these challenges, but the process is really simple, easy to operate and hygienic to use. The test supervisor and the person being tested can remain socially distant at all times.”

Fingerprint drug testing, with its 14-16 hour window of detection, is particularly applicable for fitness for duty workplace use. Because the system is portable and simple to administer there’s no need for any special preparation before testing. This enables logistics and transport firms to run testing programmes themselves in a safe location, removing the need to have external service providers coming on site to carry out sample collections and testing.

Social distancing-compliant drug testing for logistics firms – how it works in practice

Fingerprint-based testing is simple, easy to operate and hygienic to use. The test supervisor and the person being tested can remain socially distant at all times. All the user has to do is take the fingerprint drug screening cartridge from its sealed-foil wrapper, press all ten fingerprints in succession onto the sample pad, and then slide the tamper-evident locking cover across to protect the sample from any interference. The user then steps away to allow the tester to collect the cartridge and insert it into Intelligent Fingerprinting’s DSR-Plus mobile reader for results analysis.

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