In the past, many corporate jobs would require a pre employment alcohol screening and occasional random alcohol tests. These were conducted off-site at a testing laboratory, so participants could make plans not to drink in the day or so leading up to the test. But now employee testing for alcohol use can take place on the spot in the workplace.
Technology has changed alcohol testing. Portable breathalysers, incorporating internal memory storage, a keypad and a printer are now more affordable. More workplaces are conducting employee alcohol screenings on the premises. Alcohol breath tests can be done instantly and provide immediate results. So, if an employee is suspected of drinking on the job or is known for having a few drinks at lunchtime, employers can obtain accurate blood alcohol concentration results.
Fuel cell technology is giving employers more confidence in performing alcohol testing onsite. Unlike the semi conductor breathalyser that is sensitive to any chemical substance and can result in a false positive reading, a fuel cell breathalyser senses only ethyl alcohol and does not register any other substances with a similar chemical structure to alcohol. With the 99.99% accuracy of fuel cell breathalysers, employers are more comfortable in performing alcohol testing in the workplace.
Along with improved science in alcohol detention, the latest advancements in workplace breathalyser design, like the all-in-one unit, make it affordable for any business to invest in a breath test device. This is being seen in a number of industries where the personal safety of others is on the line, such as transportation, hospitals and construction.
A worksite breathalyser means employees can be tested at any time, such as before starting the workday or after meal breaks if the employer suspects drinking. And with all-in-one breathalysers, results can be saved, employee information inputted to link to the results, and alcohol test results printed with information outlining test details and specifications. The results are accurate and detailed enough to hold up as evidence in a court of law.