Workplace Drug Testing

What companies need to know about pursuing ‘Drug & Alcohol Testing’ and how WWS can assist…

‘Under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, and its 2003 amendments, employers have an obligation to take “all practicable steps” to ensure the safety of employees while at work. Drugs and Alcohol are listed in the amendments as being a potential hazard. The introduction of workplace drug testing, particularly in safety sensitive areas, is one way in which employers can meet their obligations. Workplace drug testing must, however, take account of several laws including the Privacy Act 1993, the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990, and the Human Rights Act 1993’ (

Companies who currently have a Drug & Alcohol policy test for the following reason:
 Pre Employment
 Post Employment
 Random tests
 Reasonable Cause
 Other

Workplace Wellness Systems can assist your company by testing employees via workplace drug testing (onsite or at our clinic) for the abuse of any illegal drug substances according to Australian and New Zealand standards (AS/NZS 4308:2008). In this update, we will take you through a few things you need to know if you want to pursue this in your workplace OR you already have a drug policy in place and need process clarity.

WHAT COMPANIES NEED TO KNOW WHEN SEARCHING FOR A SERVICE PROVIDER? Any collectors of drug and alcohol samples should be NZQA qualified and set up appropriately for the process
 Make sure that the kits used are to AS/NZ standards with verification (Certificate of Compliance)
 Know what should happen in the case of ‘negative’ and ‘positive’ results
 Turn-over is efficiently notified i.e.-make sure you receive the results in a timely manner
 Archiving and Privacy Act – results and details of all tests should be securely locked away should you need to refer back
 Trust that your provider will do a great job and assist/advise you where needed

DRUG & ALCOHOL TESTING OPTIONS: All donors MUST sign a consent form before the testing process commences.

 Alcohol Breathalyzer testing
 THC (marijuana) single panel testing
 Methamphetamine (‘p’) single panel testing
 NEW: Synthetic Cannabis (THC/Marijuana) testing
 6pot Instant Drug testing (Amphetamines, Benzodiazepines, Cocaine, Marijuana, Methamphetamines, Opiates)
 Laboratory collection for confirmation or more elaborative results

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