VANTEC Europe rolls out fingerprint drug testing across its logistics and warehousing operations


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VANTEC Europe rolls out fingerprint drug testing across its logistics and warehousing operations

  • Efficient Intelligent Fingerprinting testing process can be managed in-house by VANTEC staff, with results on site in minutes
  • Flexible fingerprint-based approach will support growth of drug testing programme to cover all new starters as well as potential random testing at a later stage 

VANTEC Europe Ltd, part of one of the world’s largest global third-party logistics providers, has selected the Intelligent Fingerprinting drug testing solution – including six DRS-Plus portable readers and virtual training – as part of a major initiative to bring its drug testing in-house. Based in Tyne and Wear, VANTEC provides logistics and warehousing services to clients including Komatsu UK, Thorn Lighting, Rolls-Royce Car manufacturing and Nissan Motor Manufacturing. The company has opted for the fingerprint-based approach to help improve efficiency and dramatically reduce its cost per test. Given that VANTEC employees frequently operate potentially dangerous machinery such as forklifts, VANTEC will utilise the Intelligent Fingerprinting system to ensure they test all new starters before they proceed to induction during the HR process.

VANTEC Europe works actively to support adherence to its health and safety drug usage policy, and is committed to promoting safety for its employees, colleagues and customers. In the rare event of an accident, the company previously used an external provider to carry out post-incident drug tests to check whether any employees involved were under the influence of illicit drugs.

After a review of market options for drug and alcohol testing, and to expand on the current initiative, VANTEC has introduced a broader drug testing programme to include new starters and random testing. The Intelligent Fingerprinting system, which can be managed in-house, is available on demand and offers a much more efficient way of supporting VANTEC’s health and safety objectives.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to employee safety and wellbeing, we were keen to show to our workforce that we have broadened the use of drug testing across the business in support of our existing drug usage policy. We believe we now have a flexible and effective method of delivering a test whenever we need to,” explained Diane Elgar, VANTEC Europe Ltd’s HR General Manager. “It was clear that we needed to bring the entire drug testing process in-house.

“As part of our drug testing market research, we spoke to one of our clients – and they invited us to see the Intelligent Fingerprinting solution in action. Using a sample of fingerprint sweat, a single-use collection cartridge, and a portable reader that is operated on-site, our client was able to show how fingerprint-based testing was quick, hygienic and easy to use – with results in only minutes,” continued Diane. “The testing process was particularly simple, giving us the confidence that we would be able to manage it ourselves, in-house. We decided there and then that the Intelligent Fingerprinting system was the right approach for VANTEC Europe. I just wish we had known about Intelligent Fingerprinting two years ago!”

Dr Paul Yates of Intelligent Fingerprinting added: “we are seeing an increasing interest in fingerprint-based drug testing from organisations with a larger number of employees. They typically find that external testing not only proves expensive but also raises a number of issues around safety and social distancing at present. Our Intelligent Fingerprinting drug test not only enables social distancing at all times, but the entire process can be managed easily in-house, providing our customers with the control they need to test as frequently as they require.”

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
Email:  Tel: +44 (0)7791 720460

About Intelligent Fingerprinting
Intelligent Fingerprinting’s portable Drug Screening System works by analysing 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 organisations, as well as UK coroners. 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 VANTEC Europe
VANTEC Europe started providing Logistics and Warehousing services to its main automotive client in 1990.
Since then, the company has grown organically and developed its range of services to become a preferred third party logistics provider, developing significant partnerships with key customers such as Komatsu UK and Thorn Lighting. In 2007, VANTEC Europe became a wholly owned subsidiary of VANTEC Corporation and – following a buy-out by Hitachi Transport System group in 2012 – part of one of the largest global Third Party Logistics providers.

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