Dr. Paul Yates, Director, Intelligent Fingerprinting
Despite the current lockdown and the inevitable focus on COVID-19 testing, the requirements for regular drug testing haven’t gone away.
Logistics firms and supermarkets are recruiting thousands of new drivers and warehouse staff to support the increased demand for home delivery. And, while rapid recruitment is obviously important, logistics firms still need to follow their company drug policies and testing processes to help ensure the health and safety of employees, customers and the general public. As workers begin to return to construction sites, companies need to be sure their employees are fit for duty. For social care and health charities supporting drug rehabilitation programs, regular testing also remains an important part of their service provision and needs to continue through the lockdown.
Across multiple workplace sectors, organizations face the challenge of how to support social distancing during drug testing – while also making sure that these operations are conducted hygienically to protect staff. The Government advises that precautions need to be taken to lower the risks of transmission. Current guidelines recommend:
Unlike traditional drug testing methods – such as oral fluid tests that work by collecting an individual’s saliva, or urine tests which involve handling of messy samples – the fingerprint method directly addresses social distancing concerns, enabling hygienic testing to be carried out while social distancing, and while wearing a face mask if required. Our fingerprint sweat drug test is quick and easy, ensuring that:
In addition, because fingerprint-based drug tests are portable and particularly simple to administer, there’s no need for any special preparation before testing. Organizations can run the testing program themselves in a safe location, removing the need to have external service providers coming onto site to carry out sample collections and testing.
Social distancing-compliant drug testing – how it works in practice
Fingerprint-based testing 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.
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. Results are available in 10 minutes.
Please note that in the USA our fingerprint drug screening system is currently available for forensic use only.
To find out more about how fingerprint drug screening can help you maintain safe and socially distant drug testing, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org