New fingerprint drug test to simplify drug testing for the Oil and Gas industry


Oil and gas industry set to benefit from new fingerprint drug test

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New fingerprint drug test to simplify drug testing across the Oil and Gas industry

  • World’s first fingerprint-based portable drug testing system supports end-to-end testing, from pre-employment screens and random drug tests through to post-accident investigations
  • Non-invasive, portable system supports on-site testing and results for both remote and offshore locations

Intelligent Fingerprinting, developer of the world’s first fingerprint-based drug test, is simplifying workplace drug testing across the oil and gas industry with the availability of a simple-to-use, portable drug testing solution that’s based on revolutionary fingerprint sweat analysis technology.

The new end-to-end system features an initial drug screening test that works by analysing sweat from a fingerprint to determine if an employee or sub-contractor has recently used cocaine, opiates, amphetamines or cannabis. Sample collection takes only five seconds, with simultaneous screening results for all four drug groups in ten minutes, on-site. The fingerprint-based approach supports all forms of workplace drug testing to support an organisation’s drug policies, from pre-employment screening, to for-cause and random testing. The flexibility and ease-of-use of the solution make it particularly applicable for supporting ongoing Health & Safety and Duty of Care obligations across the oil and gas industry’s potentially dangerous working environments.

Unlike traditional blood, urine or saliva-based drug tests which can be invasive, time-consuming and undignified for testers and employees, the portable Intelligent Fingerprinting drug testing solution is convenient, hygienic and quick to deploy – wherever it is needed. As no specialist medical or sample collection facilities are needed, the test can be easily conducted on-site – on an offshore oil rig or a remote gas pipeline location for example – and used to randomly test across an organisation’s workforce or their extended contractor network.

“With almost 1 in 10 UK workers admitting to recent drug use [1], and 16% of UK employers reporting that they have had suspicions about staff members being under the influence of drugs [2], it is clear that drug misuse remains a serious concern when it comes to health and safety in the workplace,” said Dr Paul Yates of Intelligent Fingerprinting. “That’s particularly the case across the oil and gas industry where health and safety is of heightened importance because of increased exposure to risk in offshore or remote locations. Additionally, with employees often working away from home for long periods without the support of their families, employers need to ensure that their Duty of Care obligations extend to protecting staff from the risks of drug abuse at work.”

Fingerprint-based drug testing: how it works
Intelligent Fingerprinting’s end-to-end drug testing solution features a single-use, tamper-evident drug screening cartridge which takes just five seconds to collect a sweat sample. The Intelligent Fingerprinting portable analysis unit then reads the cartridge and provides a positive or negative result on-screen for cocaine, opiates, cannabis and amphetamines in under ten minutes.

Should an oil and gas industry employee’s initial screening test prove positive for any of the four drugs tested – in contravention of a firm’s drug and alcohol policy – two further samples for confirmation are gathered using the Intelligent Fingerprinting Fingerprint Collection Kit for Laboratory Analysis. Informed written consent is obtained from the donor prior to sample collection, along with a statement of the donor’s prescription medication, if applicable.

Once the confirmatory samples have been collected, the Fingerprint Collection Cartridges are sent in a tamper-evident security bag to Intelligent Fingerprinting’s partner laboratory for analysis. The laboratory then provides the customer with a quantitative laboratory result in the form of a Certificate of Analysis.

An introductory video demonstrating fingerprint-based drug testing in action is available here.

[1] United Kingdom drug situation: annual report to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) 2012. Department of Health.

[2] Synergy Health survey of 200 medium to large sized covering approximately 26,000 employees (2014)


For media information contact Cheryl Billson at Comma
Email:  Tel: +44 (0)7791 720460

About Intelligent Fingerprinting
Launched in August 2017, Intelligent Fingerprinting’s portable Drug Screening System works by analysing the sweat from a fingerprint sample. It is non-invasive, fast and cost-effective – screening for multiple drug groups simultaneously (currently amphetamines, cannabis, cocaine and opiates) with sample collection taking 5 seconds and results in minutes. A laboratory confirmation service is also available.

The system is currently being marketed to the criminal justice arena, drug rehabilitation services, offender management, workplace and occupational health services. The technique has potential for many other uses including healthcare diagnostics and homeland security applications.

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 currently employs around 30 people. Twitter @iFingerprinting

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