Why is oral fluid (saliva) the only appropriate and relevant method of drug testing for the workplace?

The detection of drugs in saliva suggests your employee may be currently affected by the drug detected, and therefore not fit for work.  Several Industrial Relations / Fair Work Australia decisions have ruled that urine drug testing  is unreasonable as it is too intrusive.  Saliva however has been ruled more appropriate for ongoing workplace testing. When conducted with quality equipment by accredited technicians, on-site saliva testing is very accurate, with the test result available within five minutes of the sample being provided.


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Michael is the founder of Integrity Sampling and is responsible for overseeing all national operations. He is based at Integrity Sampling's head office in Thomastown and is also responsible for the co-ordination of drug and alcohol testing within Victoria, assisting in the implementation of drug and alcohol (fit for work) policies and the presentation of drug and alcohol education and awareness programs. You can connect with Michael Wheeldon on LinkedIn
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