Dragon LNG Pioneers Fingerprint Drug testing In The International Gas Industry
- “In our industry, safety always comes first, so it makes sense to use the most modern method of drug testing to support our proactive drug policy”
- In-house test provides results in only 10 minutes, screening for recent use of cocaine, cannabis, opiates and methamphetamine, that could affect an employee’s ability to work safely
Dragon LNG, a company responsible for receiving, storing and regasifying Liquified Natural Gas at its Pembrokeshire terminal in Wales, UK, is the first organization in the international gas industry to deploy a revolutionary new fingerprint-based drug testing technology.
Dragon LNG is using the simple 10-minute fingerprint drug test kit from Intelligent Fingerprinting to encourage adherence to its workplace drug policy. From an employee or contractor’s quick and easy fingerprint sweat sample, Dragon LNG can use the hygienic fingerprint drug test to screen on-site for ingestion of illegal substances that can influence an employee’s ability to work safely.
Anyone under the influence of drugs could make impaired judgments – creating a health and safety risk for employees, their colleagues and the public. As Dragon LNG is responsible for handling liquefied natural gas, health and safety are clearly critical for the organization. The company was keen to be a pioneer in the gas sector with its deployment of the Intelligent Fingerprinting drug test.
Commenting on the project, Dragon LNG’s Lydia Uchronski said: “Dragon’s number one priority is safety, and our facility has been designed, engineered and constructed to ensure health, safety and environmental compliance and reliability. We work tirelessly to keep our team, neighbors, communities and environment safe, so when we learned about the Intelligent Fingerprinting drug test, we were interested in how it could help Dragon LNG further improve our health and safety processes. The fingerprint-based test is remarkably easy to use and gives us access to in-house initial testing that we can carry out completely on-site whenever we need to. If we find any non-negative results, we then conduct a confirmation test that is sent away for laboratory analysis. Intelligent Fingerprinting’s solution gives us the simplicity and flexibility we need while helping us to proactively enforce what is an essential safety process. The fingerprint test has provided us with a non-invasive portable drug testing solution that’s easy-to-use in practice and gives us the levels of accuracy we need.”
Dr. Paul Yates of Intelligent Fingerprinting added: “The adoption of our fingerprint-based drug testing approach is gaining momentum because companies like Dragon LNG can take control of their own end-to-end testing processes. And, because our system has a short window of detection, we can provide the most relevant fitness for duty test. This approach ideally complements already effective and agreed workplace drug and alcohol policies in the least intrusive and most dignified way.”
Fingerprint-based drug testing – how it works
Intelligent Fingerprinting’s drug testing system features a small, tamper-evident drug screening cartridge onto which ten fingerprint sweat samples are collected, in a process that takes less than a minute. The Intelligent Fingerprinting portable analysis unit then reads the cartridge and provides a positive or negative result on-screen for all drugs in the test in ten minutes.
An introductory video demonstrating fingerprint-based drug testing in action is available here.
Please note that in the USA the Intelligent Fingerprinting Drug Testing System is currently available for forensic use only.
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About Intelligent Fingerprinting
Intelligent Fingerprinting’s portable Drug Screening System works by analyzing fingerprint sweat. It is non-invasive, fast and cost-effective, with sample collection taking seconds and simultaneous screening for multiple drug groups in ten minutes. A laboratory confirmation service is also available.
The system has applications within many sectors and customers include employers in safety-critical industries such as construction, transport and logistics firms, drug treatment and family safeguarding organizations, as well as UK coroners. The company has distributors across the globe, including the USA. In the USA, the system is currently available for forensic use only.
Founded in 2007, Intelligent Fingerprinting is a spin-out company from the University of East Anglia (UEA). The company is based in Cambridge, England and employs around 40 people. www.intelligentfingerprinting.com
About Dragon LNG
The Dragon LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) import terminal at Waterston, Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire, Wales receives, stores and regasifies Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) – a vital source of clean and reliable energy for the UK. www.dragonlng.co.uk
The terminal is the result of shareholders’ multi-million-pound investments into Wales and the UK’s energy infrastructure. Dragon LNG is a standalone business jointly financed by two industry share-holders.
Ownership of the terminal is Shell 50%, Ancala LNG Ltd 50%, and there are contracts in place governing the use of capacity rights (Shell 50%, PETRONAS 50%).