Strategy (Alcohol)

After heart disease and cancer, alcohol misuse is now the third largest health problem in the UK.

Moderate alcohol use is normal, but alcohol abuse or dependence is a serious problem. Too much alcohol affects the central nervous system and how the brain functions. It affects perception, thinking, and coordination. It impairs judgment, reduces inhibitions, and increases aggression. Those who abuse alcohol are more likely than others to engage in high risk, thoughtless, or violent behaviors.

The most frequently encountered workplace indicators of alcohol problems include absences, especially on Mondays. Reduction in quality, timeliness, and quantity of work relative to previous levels, as well as irritability and incidents of emotional disagreement with co-workers and supervisors, are also noted. Occasionally, an employee’s use of alcohol is apparent in the length of the lunch break and changes in mood observed in the afternoon.

Alcohol Distribution – Blood, Breath and Urine

There is good correlation between blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and breath or urine. Because of this, accurate determination of alcohol in these media can be used successfully.

Breath-Testing

there is a predictable relationship between blood alcohol concentration and breath alcohol concentration. Consequently, breathtesting is an accurate and reliable means of assessing alcohol intoxication. It has a well-established basis within forensic science, law enforcement and workplace testing.

NIVHA recommends the use of fuel-cell based breath-test instruments (Drager 6810) which are accurate and dependable. NIVHA are accredited Drager agents and suppliers and can provide front-line support for breathtest and drug test devices, including breathtester calibration.

The results from breath testing can be used evidentially.


Urine Testing for Alcohol

There is a predictable relationship between blood alcohol concentration and urine alcohol concentration. Because of this, urine analysis is an accurate and reliable means of assessing alcohol intoxication. It has a well-established basis within forensic science, law enforcement and workplace testing.

The results from urine testing can be used evidentially.

Urine analysis for alcohol takes place in the laboratory, where accurate chromatographic analysis produces definitive quantitative and qualitative identification.

Hair Testing for Alcohol

The analysis of a sample of hair can be used to help determine excessive alcohol consumption. Although this testing is not routinely used in workplace testing, it can be of value in some circumstances.

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Service – NIVHA provides a complete service from sample collection, on-site presumptive testing, laboratory analysis and reporting.  All analytical work is accredited to UKAS 17025 standard. Our practice adheres to European guidelines for workplace drug testing (www.ewdts.org).

Client-Enabled Testing

NIVHA can provide customers with the necessary tools, training and support to carry out their own alcohol testing in-house. The success of modern breathtesting has now made this possible.

This approach can be a particularly cost-effective.

Please contact us if you would like to learn more about this exciting approach to testing.

 

 

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