The requirement to manage risk in the workplace often calls up the need to undertake drug and alcohol testing, particularly in the industry of fuel wholesale, transport and retail.  There has been a series of cases before the courts that have called into question the testing methodologies and approaches that have been used, resulting in confusion from businesses as to what method, and what procedure should be followed when undertaking drug testing at work.

After extensive consultation Acting CEO for Standards, Adrian O’Connell has unveiled the latest  AS/NZS 4760:2019, Procedure for specimen collection and the detection and quantification of drugs in oral fluidIn announcing the revised Standard Mr O’Connell said ““A number of occupations are involved in regular drug testing as part of achieving a safer workplace. Given the nature of the work at the centre of these tests, there is a strong interest in accurate results.  This has been a very important area of work for us for some time. This revision has been built with regard to the latest technology and scientific developments to benefit our community”.

The release of the revised Standard will have knock on effects to industry guidelines, as well as business policies.

Businesses are encouraged to review their policies, and engage with their drug testing provider to ensure that all tests are carried out in accordance with the new standard