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- Call 1300 339 557 to discuss your on-site Drug and Alcohol Testing Requirements and book in your session.
- We will ensure your program is compliant with Australian Standards and adheres to your Drug and Alcohol policy by confirming the following details prior to coming out to site;
- You have a current Drug and Alcohol Policy and understand how to handle any issues on the day such as non-compliance or a non-negative result.
- You have selected the tested method that adheres to your Drug and Alcohol policy (Saliva or Urine) or guide you to the most appropriate method for your needs.
- You have compliant facilities available for testing and they are set up appropriately for the collector ahead of time.
- Sonic HealthPlus can offer blanket or random Drug and Alcohol testing based on your policy requirements. Our team can offer assistance in randomising employee selection via the following methods;
- Employee Lists – Prior to testing, you can send the SHP team your employee list which will be randomised for you and brought by the collector on the day of testing.
- On-site Selection – After arriving on-site, the collector is able offer a variety of instant random selection tools. For example employee’s pick a ball out of bag with those selecting specially marked balls to make themselves available for testing.
- Day of your test: the Sonic HealthPlus Collector will arrive on-site on the day of testing 15 minutes early to set up in allocated compliant collection room.
- Employees to be tested are to present to testing location to complete paperwork, read donor information sheet and complete test. This process can be coordinated with the collector so employees are not waiting around for testing, are processed as quickly as possible and can return to work.
- Urine or Saliva instant test procedure takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete per person.
- A non-negative instant test result means an initial drug screen has indicated the possible presence of a drug metabolite which requires the sample to be sent for further testing to a NATA accredited laboratory. To package the sample on-site, please allow an additional 10 minutes.
- Individual employee reports are available by the end of the day and are provided via email to pre-approved company employees only. Testing summary reports available on request.
- Confirmatory reports for non-negative samples provided within 24hours of final results being made available by the laboratory*.
- Call your closest clinic and book in for a drug and alcohol screen.
- Arrive at the clinic 15 minutes before appointment to complete any paper work and read the donor information sheet.
- Donor called to screening room.
- A Urine or Saliva collection procedure takes approx. 10-15 min per person to complete.
- Non-Negative means an initial drug screen has indicated the possible presence of a drug metabolite which requires the sample to be sent for further testing to a NATA accredited laboratory.
- Interim Result report provided to the supervisor at the conclusion of the test.
- Confirmatory results are provided within 24hrs of final results being made available by the laboratory*.
- Call the after hour’s line.
- Collector calls letting you know they are on their way.
- Collector sets up in allocated room.
A Urine or Saliva collection procedure takes approx. 10-15 min per person to complete. Non Negative means an initial drug test has indicated the possible presence of a drug metabolite which requires the sample to be sent for further testing to a NATA accredited laboratory.
The supervisor will be informed of the Non-Negative outcome with an interim report provided to the supervisor at the end of testing. The decision as to whether the donor returns to work or is stood down pending the laboratory confirmatory result must be managed by the employer in relation to their company drug and alcohol policy. Individual and/or Laboratory Confirmatory reports are provided to employer as soon as final results are available from the laboratory.
*Actual Laboratory test turn-around time dependent on clinic location and test methodology.
Urine Drug and Alcohol Testing
Urine Drug testing is conducted in accordance with AS/NZS4308:2008 requirements, with collection either supervised or witnessed by the collector as per the client’s drug and alcohol policy requirements and is always accordance with Section 2 of the standard. Sonic HealthPlus collectors receive nationally recognised training from our RTO (Code 51535) to ensure privacy, end-to-end chain of custody, specimen integrity and reliable test interpretation. The instant immunoassay device test is simple and effective, with results visually interpreted within minutes whereas a laboratory immunoassay test has a 24-hour turn-around time: both tests being NATA accredited and available per client preference.
As per AS/NZS4308:2008 requirements, any initial non-negative urine drug test result requires mandatory confirmatory testing at a NATA accredited laboratory who then provides a legally defensible confirmatory result. The collector may not disclose the nature of a non-negative (unconfirmed test result) to the employer until the confirmatory results are released. If the employer requires this information for interim safety-critical work purposes it is up to the employee to disclose their unconfirmed results to their employer; and the employer to act as per their own drug and alcohol policy.
Our trained staff perform Breath Alcohol screening consistent with AS3457:1997 testing requirements using calibrated, hand-held Type-2 electronic devices. A second positive breath alcohol test performed 20 minutes after the first positive is a legally defensible confirmatory result. There is no NATA accreditation available for breath alcohol testing. Alternatively a client may request a Urine Alcohol laboratory test, however, there being no Australian Standard cut-off values for urine alcohol, it would be up to the employer to seek expert MRO advice on result interpretation.
Benefits of Instant Urine Drug Screening
Our instant screening services are NATA accredited (AS/NZ 4308:2008 Appdx A) and have a quick turnaround time for results. Instant screening offers a range of benefits including:
- Indicative non-negative or negative results in six class drugs including Amphetamines, Methamphetamines, Cocaine, Marijuana, Opiates and Benzodiazepines.
- Integrity and adulteration tests to assist in identifying result tampering.
- Daily quality control testing for the instant devices used and ongoing device and collector participation in an external quality assurance program (RCPA).
Saliva Drug and Breath Alcohol Screening
Saliva Drug device screening is an oral fluid based immunoassay test for illicit and/or prescription drug use and is performed consistent with AS4760:2019 requirements. This test is simple and discrete, with results visually interpreted within minutes. Indicative non-negative or negative results in six class drugs including Amphetamines, Methamphetamines, Cocaine, Marijuana, Opiates and Oxycodone.
Non-Negative oral fluid samples are sent for confirmatory testing to a NATA accredited laboratory.
Although performed consistent with the standard, this method is not currently NATA accredited due to technical issues cited by NATA.
US DOT and EXXONMOBIL Drug and Breath Alcohol Screening
Clients requiring to book either US Department of Transport or ExxonMobil drug testing for contractors to ExxonMobil can contact any Sonic HealthPlus clinic for assistance. Testing is performed at a NATA accredited laboratory to the latest prescribed initial and confirmatory cut-off values.
Additional Drug Screening
Clients requiring screening for drugs of abuse other than those stated with cut-off or target values in the relevant standards may be assisted after discussion of their needs with a Sonic HealthPlus MRO or Occupational Physician and approval by the General Manager: Clinical Governance. Additional drug tests available with laboratory testing include methadone, barbiturates, phencyclidine and synthetic cannabinoids.
Medical Review Officer (MRO) Services
Sonic HealthPlus Specialised Services division provides Medical Review Officer (MRO) services for drug and alcohol testing.Learn More
24 Hour DAS screening
24 hour After Hours and Casual drug and alcohol screening programs give companies peace of mind that testing can be completed on-site, at any time. Testing is often required in the following circumstances;
- On-site accidents that result in injury or property damage
- Workplace ‘near misses’
- Suspicion of employees being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
Situations such as on-site accidents or near misses don’t always happen from Monday to Friday and during business hours. Often it is after hours or on the weekend where the need for drug and alcohol testing is highest. To ensure the drug test results accurately reflect the status of the worker at the time of the incident, screening should be completed as soon as possible, Having to wait 12-48 hours before a test is completed can significantly reduce the window of detection of drug and or alcohol use.
When using the 24 hour Causal / Call out service clients receive:
- NATA accredited onsite testing and instant results
- Access to NATA accredited laboratories and confirmatory results.
- Experienced collectors with nationally recognised training from our RTO (Code 51535).
- 2 hour response time for all call outs.
- Result review and advice of fitness for work from Medical Review Officers (upon request).
- 24 hour turn around on confirmatory results (upon receipt at laboratories)*.
- Provision of 24 hour coverage with no retainer. Pay only when the service is utilised.
*Actual Laboratory test turn-around time dependent on clinic location and test methodology.
Need help understanding your results?
MRO's are registered medical practitioners who have knowledge and understanding of:
- Substance abuse disorders and their management
- Alcohol and other drug testing procedures and methodologies
- Ethical and privacy issues surrounding workplace drug and alcohol testing
- Legislation and recommended standards in regards to drug and alcohol programs
- Fitness for work and other medical related safety issues
- Laboratory methodology and quality control
- Pharmacology of illicit drugs
- Interpretation and monitoring for companies who need to comply with Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (1998)
- Interpretation of test results including alternative medical explanations for laboratory confirmed results
Sonic HealthPlus provides the following MRO services:
The National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) is the authority that provides independent assurance of technical competence through a proven network of best practice industry experts for customers who require confidence in the delivery of their products and services.
Sonic HealthPlus is one of the few providers who have achieved NATA accreditation for AS/NZS4308:2008 specimen collection, detection and quantitation of drugs of abuse in urine. Unlike certification, NATA accreditation focuses on overall compliance with quality assurance systems and processes, rather than technical competence only. It also provides you with the assurance that if required, the results will withstand legal challenge in Australian courts.
Sonic HealthPlus is a leading provider of drug and alcohol screening within Australia. Adhering to a strict SHP standardised best practice AOD testing policy and procedures and having access to a team of RTO trained and experienced screeners, SHP is able to deliver all DAS services to the highest standards possible.View our accreditation
On-site or In-clinic?
In meeting client-specific needs Sonic HealthPlus offers the flexibility of either In-clinic or On-site Alcohol and Other Drugs Testing.
While inclinic testing provides a standardised fit for purpose collection and testing experience, onsite alcohol and other drugs testing is available for clients who are required to administer random tests at the workplace to their workforce as part of employment contracts and Occupational Health and Safety Policy.
Both in-clinic and on-site testing provides for the use of quality assured test devices, standardised and supervised/observed collections, accurate interpretation by experienced collectors and quick turn-around times for results.