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Testing for Alcohol in the Workplace

For random and unannounced alcohol tests, we typically use a hand held breath tester.

This small device will determine the subject’s breath alcohol concentration - and while it can only measure levels at the moment of testing, it does offer evidential grade accuracy that's admissable in a tribunal or hearing.

We favour this device for a number of reasons:

  • It's a simple, accurate solution - with approval from the Home Office and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • It's the standard model used by police for roadside alcohol testing - so for many subjects, the device and testing process will be familiar.
  • Results are calibrated in the same way as a roadside test - so no-one has to learn a second form of measurement.
  • A clear LED display gives a simple readout - making results transparent and available to the subject.
  • The device can produce multiple evidential printouts - so copies can be made available to every stakeholder, from the subject through to HR, management and union representatives.
  • A data logger keeps a record of test numbers, dates, times and results - acting as a black box recording and essential back-up.
  • It's far more economical than a hair or blood test, so it's an effective way to begin the testing process - and if further testing is needed, to establish a wider pattern, the breath test results can still be used as supporting evidence.


How can we help you?

Atkinson Lewis has a full team of sample collectors, lab partners and clinical experts ready to help you identify and eliminate alcohol abuse in the workplace.

Tests can be carried out on your premises, at a time to suit you. Our professional sample collectors will manage the whole process, and make sure everything runs in accordance with your workplace testing policy.

Our experts are here to lighten the load. Here are some ways we can help:

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