John Hacklings Transport Ltd extends use of fingerprint drug testing to support health and safety for both its logistics and warehousing operations



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John Hacklings Transport Ltd extends use of fingerprint drug testing to support health and safety for both its logistics and warehousing operations

  • “Compared to the saliva and urine methods we used previously, Intelligent Fingerprinting drug tests are clean, quick and exceptionally easy to use,” – Stefan van Jaarsveld, Compliance Manager, Hacklings

John Hacklings (Transport) Ltd, the company that delivers a complete road haulage, logistics, storage and distribution services offer through its Hacklings brand, is extending its use of fingerprint drug testing as part of its health and safety programme. Having rented an Intelligent Fingerprinting system previously, Hacklings has now purchased two of the latest fingerprint drug screening systems from the company, enabling testing to be carried out in-house across its sites, including two Palletline depots in Swindon and Cheltenham.

Intelligent Fingerprinting’s simple fingerprint-based sweat test takes around 10 minutes to screen for cocaine, cannabis, opiates and methamphetamine, using a portable reader and disposable test cartridges. The system is hygienic and easy to use, and offers a more dignified and convenient approach to drug testing than conventional tests which require urine or saliva sample collection. Hacklings will use the fingerprint drug test for a range of testing applications, including pre-employment drug screens, random testing – to promote safety across its depots and warehouses – and for-cause testing, should a situation arise within its logistics and warehouse operations.

Stefan van Jaarsveld, Compliance Manager for Hacklings, said: “Compared to the traditional saliva and urine methods we have used previously, Intelligent Fingerprinting drug tests are clean, quick and exceptionally easy to use. We started renting their test system when we originally moved to the fingerprint method about two years ago. Due to the success of this project, we have now purchased two of Intelligent Fingerprinting’s latest fingerprint drug testing systems. We will now be able to screen drivers and machinery operators on-site at any of our depots as we wish, providing us with complete drug testing control and flexibility across our operations.”

“As a founding member of The Hazchem Network – the only ADR and hazardous goods pallet network in the UK – safety is paramount across our organisation, embracing not only our employees but also our customers and the general public. As an early adopter of fingerprint drug testing, the Hacklings team is now really excited to be upgrading to the new system, featuring the DSR-Plus reader. It is lighter and smaller than the reader we used previously and will allow us to easily test remotely to support for-cause testing – potentially at a rare road traffic accident involving one of our drivers, or at a forklift collision in the warehouse. While these incidents are thankfully few and far between, the ability to be able to do tests on-site is a major advantage,” added Stefan.

“What is a constant, and a major benefit for us doing in-house testing with Intelligent Fingerprinting, is that the digital screen on the reader displays a positive or negative result for each drug in the test, and these results can also be printed onto a sticky label. This provides clarity for both testers and the person being tested, removing the need for interpretation or deliberation of the results.”

Intelligent Fingerprinting’s Dr Paul Yates said: “Hacklings is one of the longest-standing users of fingerprint drug testing and it is great that they are now investing in our newest technology to extend their use of our innovative method. We’re looking forward to seeing how Hacklings will be using our latest system to broaden testing out to other sites and remote locations, proactively encouraging health and safety drug policy adherence.”

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 which 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.


For media information contact Cheryl Billson at Comma
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About Intelligent Fingerprinting
Intelligent Fingerprinting is a leading provider of fast, innovative and cost-effective point-of-care diagnostic solutions – including a portable Drug Screening System that works by analysing fingerprint sweat, and easy-to-use saliva-based COVID-19 lateral flow tests. The company has distributors across the globe, including the USA. 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.  Twitter @iFingerprinting

About John Hacklings (Transport) Ltd
Since 1968 John Hacklings (Transport) Ltd has supported businesses around the UK – particularly across Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire – by offering a complete logistics package. Up until January 2015 the company was based in Bourton on the Water but, with the acquisition of further premises in Swindon that expanded its warehouse facility by 200,000 square feet, it is now able to offer its complete Hacklings logistics package from both sites.

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