Intelligent Fingerprinting recently conducted research that showed that 58% of employers felt workplace drug testing was even more important during the pandemic. From an employers’ health and safety perspective, organisations clearly need to promote adherence to company drug policies, but how can this be done proactively and efficiently during a pandemic?
Intelligent Fingerprinting works with organisations across many vertical sectors – manufacturing, construction, retail, transport and logistics – to not only proactively support drug usage policies, but also to help businesses take control of the process and costs associated with it.
Now is not the time to be contracting in expensive, external testing services to interact with your employees, and there’s also pressure to streamline costs in a time of continued uncertainty. One organisation that is successfully addressing these challenges is Keepmoat Homes, one of the UK’s top builders of high-quality homes. The company has recently started to use fingerprint drug testing across its 100 UK construction sites.
Keepmoat Homes deploys fingerprint drug testing
The Intelligent Fingerprinting test analyses fingerprint sweat to detect recent drug use, and is used by Keepmoat Homes’ Health and Safety Business Partners to manage risk in safety-critical plant operations. The company tests its building site plant operators – both employees and contractors – who operate safety-critical machinery on the company’s building sites, including cranes, diggers, dumpers, and telehandlers. It takes less than a minute to collect fingerprint sweat samples onto our drug screening cartridge, with results available on-site in around ten minutes using a portable reader.
How does fingerprint drug testing work?
Intelligent Fingerprinting’s test enables the entire drug screening process to be handled in-house with results available within minutes. Candidates press each fingertip onto a small drug test cartridge to enable the rapid collection of a sweat sample. The cartridge is then placed in the portable DSR-Plus reader that analyses the cartridge and provides a positive or negative screening result for each drug in the test. A video showing the process is available here. The most common cartridge in the occupational health/Health & Safety environment screens for recent use of opiates, methamphetamines, cocaine or cannabis that could affect an employee and make them unfit for duty.
Nick Martens, Health, Safety and Sustainability Director at Keepmoat Homes: “Compared with urine and saliva tests, fingerprint drug testing is non-invasive, easy-to-use, rapid and accurate. Adopting the solution was an easy decision for our ‘Executive HSS Committee’ to make. We can now collect the samples ourselves, test at planned intervals and for cause, and manage the process in-house.
“We have equipped our UK Health and Safety Business Partners with an Intelligent Fingerprinting reader and a supply of cartridges. Due to the system’s portability, samples can be taken from our workers on-site and we can collect samples quickly with minimal work interruption. We are impressed by the robustness of the process. In comparison to urine tests, where facilities need to be provided and monitored to prevent sample tampering, the fingerprint test requires no special preparations,” he added.
“It’s also a relief not to have to handle saliva samples during a pandemic, particularly as this involved close proximity and operatives having to remove masks. With Intelligent Fingerprinting’s method, face coverings can be worn at all times, and there’s no need for close contact or handling of biohazardous body fluids. Taking in-house control of drug testing to ensure compliance with our policies and manage risk is now easily achievable with fingerprint-based testing.”
A free Q&A webinar will be held in April, with Nick Martens from Keepmoat Homes discussing the company’s use of fingerprint drug testing. Please contact [email protected] to book a place or get in contact for further details.