Drug and Alcohol Screening

Screening for the presence of Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) is becoming increasingly important in the workplace as the impact of improper alcohol and other recreational drug use can present a serious risk to health, safety and workplace productivity.

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation recently provided statistics on the impact stating that alcohol and drugs cost Australian workplaces an estimated $6 billion per year in lost productivity1. Implementing a robust screening program supported by a strong company drug and alcohol policy and workplace education program can add to a positive health, safe and productive workplace culture.

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How It Works

In meeting client specific needs, we offer the flexibility of either in-clinic or on-site alcohol and other drugs testing.
While in-clinic testing provides a standardised fit for purpose collection and testing experience, on-site alcohol and other drugs testing is available for clients who are required to administer random tests to their workforce as part of their employment contracts and Occupational Health and Safety Policy. We also offer 24hour on-site casual drug and alcohol screening. 
Both in-clinic and on-site testing provides for the use of quality assured test devices, standardised and supervised/observed collections, accurate interpretation by experienced collectors and quick turn-around times for results.

On-site Drug and Alcohol Screening

Need a Sonic HealthPlus collector to come on-site? It's simple and starts with a phone call. Click the button below to learn more about the process for on-site drug and alcohol screening.

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On-site Drug and Alcohol Screening
  1. Call 1300 339 557 to discuss your on-site Drug and Alcohol Testing Requirements and book in your session.
  2. We will ensure your program is compliant with Australian Standards and adheres to your Drug and Alcohol policy by confirming the following details prior to coming out to site;
    1. You have a current Drug and Alcohol Policy and understand how to handle any issues on the day such as non-compliance or a non-negative result.
    2. You have selected the testing method that adheres to your Drug and Alcohol policy (Saliva or Urine) or we can guide you to the most appropriate method for your needs.
    3. You have compliant facilities available for testing and they are set up appropriately for the collector ahead of time.
    4. Sonic HealthPlus can offer blanket or random Drug and Alcohol testing based on your policy requirements. Our team can offer assistance in randomising employee selection via the following methods;
      1. Employee Lists Prior to testing, you can send the SHP team your employee list which will be randomised for you and brought by the collector on the day of testing.
      2. On-site Selection After arriving on-site, the collector is able to offer a variety of instant random selection tools. For example, employee’s pick a ball out of bag with those selecting specially marked balls to make themselves available for testing.

Day of your test: the Sonic HealthPlus collector will arrive on-site on the day of testing 15 minutes early to set up in an allocated compliant collection room. Employees to be tested are to present to the testing location to complete paperwork, read donor information sheet and complete the test.

This process can be coordinated with the collector so employees are not waiting around for testing, are processed as quickly as possible and can return to work.

  1. A Urine or Saliva instant test procedure takes approximately 10 minutes to complete per person.
  2. A non-negative instant test result means an initial drug screen has indicated the possible presence of a drug metabolite which requires the sample to be sent for further testing to a NATA accredited laboratory. Please allow an additional 10 minutes to package the sample on-site.
  3. Individual employee reports are available by the end of the day and are provided via email to pre-approved company employees only. Testing summary reports are available on request.
  4. Confirmatory reports for non-negative samples are provided within 24hours of the final results being made available by the laboratory*.
In-Clinic Drug and Alcohol Screening

Would you rather come into a clinic to conduct your drug and alcohol screening? Start by calling the closest clinic and arranging an appointment. Click the button below to learn the process of an in-clinic drug and alcohol screening.

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In-Clinic Drug and Alcohol Screening
  1. Call your closest clinic and book in for a drug and alcohol screen.
  2. Arrive at the clinic 15 minutes before the appointment to complete any paper work and read the donor information sheet.
  3. Donor is called to screening room.
  4. A Urine or Saliva collection procedure takes approx. 10-15 min per person to complete.
  5. A Non-Negative result means an initial drug screen has indicated the possible presence of a drug metabolite which requires the sample to be sent for further testing to a NATA accredited laboratory.
  6. An interim result report is provided to the supervisor at the conclusion of the test.
  7. Confirmatory results are provided within 24hrs of final results being made available by the laboratory*.

*Actual Laboratory test turn-around times are dependent on the clinic location and test methodology.

24hr Drug and Alcohol Screening (On-Site)

24 hour After-Hours and Casual drug and alcohol screening programs give companies peace of mind that testing can be completed on-site, at any time. Click the button below to learn more about our 24 hour drug and alcohol screening process.

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24hr Drug and Alcohol Screening (On-Site)

24 hour after-Hours and casual drug and alcohol screening programs give companies peace of mind that testing can be completed on-site, at any time. Testing is often required in the following circumstances:

  • On-site accidents that result in injury or property damage
  • Workplace ‘near misses’
  • Suspicion of employees being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol

Situations such as on-site accidents or near misses don’t always happen from Monday to Friday and during business hours. Often it is after hours or on the weekend where the need for drug and alcohol testing is highest. To ensure the drug test results accurately reflect the status of the worker at the time of the incident, screening should be completed as soon as possible: 

  1. Call the after-hours line.
  2. Collector calls letting you know they are on their way.
  3. Collector sets up in an allocated room.
  4. A urine or saliva collection procedure takes approx. 10 min per person to complete. A non-negative result means an initial drug test has indicated the possible presence of a drug metabolite which requires the sample to be sent for further testing to a NATA accredited laboratory.
  5. The supervisor will be informed of the Non-Negative outcome with an interim report provided to the supervisor at the end of testing.
  6. The decision as to whether the donor returns to work or is stood down pending the laboratory confirmatory result must be managed by the employer in relation to their company drug and alcohol policy. Individual and/or laboratory confirmatory reports are provided to the employer as soon as the final results are available from the laboratory.

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In response to the increase in the cluster of COVID-19 cases in Greater Sydney and Newcastle areas, the Pandemic Preparedness Team (PPT) has recommended the suspension of spirometry and saliva (oral fluid) drug testing services in our NSW clinics from Wednesday 23rd June 2021, until further notice

The Pandemic Preparedness Team (PPT) has recommended the suspension of spirometry and saliva (oral fluid) drug testing services in our VIC clinics until further notice.

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