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Drug and Alcohol Screening in the Workplace:

Your greatest asset and liability is the staff you have in your care, maintaining a safe workplace and preventing injuries and accidents is the best policy. At CQ Health Assess we can help you manage drug and alcohol screening for your work place by:

  • Saliva screening which indicates impairment from drugs.
  • Urine screening which indicates drug use.
  • Alcohol testing to screen for impairment due to alcohol consumption.
  • Education for staff and employers.
  • Assistance with development of drug and alcohol policies and procedures.

Our accredited and trained staff will come to your workplace and provide screening for:

  • Pre Employment Placement
  • Random Testing – at a schedule requested by the employer.
  • For Cause – where reasonable suspicion exists that an employee is impaired by alcohol and other drugs.
  • Work Related Injury and Accidents - employees who are involved in work related incidents and accidents can be requested to undergo an alcohol or drug screen.
  • Employee Self Testing.

Our testing procedures are performed in accordance with AS/NZ4308:2001 and confirmatory tests are performed by an accredited pathology laboratory.

Drug and Alcohol Policies and Procedures:

If your company doesn’t have a drug and alcohol policy in place our consultants can assist with the development of these policies before your drug and alcohol screening program is implemented.


We offer Drug and Alcohol education through a comprehensive Web based education module, group sessions with a qualified trainer or through Webinars.

Further Information:

For more information or a quote for our services contact our CQ Health Assess Co-Ordinator on (07)49985550 or by emailing

Did you know?

Marijuana: (Cannabis, grass, pot, weed) is the common name for a drug made from the plant Cannabis Sativa (this also includes Hashish and Hashish Oil). Each form of the drug is mind-altering (psychoactive). Some immediate physical effects of marijuana include a faster heartbeat, bloodshot eyes, and a dry mouth and throat.

Long-term regular users of marijuana may become psychologically dependent. This can lead to coping difficulties, represented by stress, mood swings and anxiety without consumption of the drug. Naturally this can lead to difficulties maintaining employment and personal relationships.

Driving experiments show that marijuana affects a wide range of skills needed for safe driving -thinking and reflexes are slowed, making it hard for drivers to respond to sudden, unexpected events. Also, a driver's ability stay in their lane through curves, to brake quickly, and to maintain speed and the proper distance between cars is affected. Research shows that these skills are impaired for at least 4-6 hours and up to 24 hours after smoking a single marijuana cigarette.

Cocaine: (Coke, C, Snow, Nose Candy, Flake, Blow) is a powerful, stimulant drug drawn from the leaves of the South American coca bush. A cocaine high can last anywhere from a few minutes to two hours. Effects include an increased heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rate, dilation of pupils, a decreased appetite and a reduced need for sleep. In large doses, the immediate effects can be severe agitation, anxiety, erratic and violent behaviour, twitching, hallucinations, blurred vision, headaches, chest pains, rapid shallow breathing, muscle spasms, nausea and fever. Chronic users of cocaine may experience paranoia, mood swings, restlessness, hallucinations, weight loss, eating disorders, sleep disorders, constipation and impotence. Chronic snorting causes stuffed, runny, chapped or bleeding noses, and holes in the wall separating the nostrils.

Opiates: (Narcotics, Opium, Morphine, Heroin, Codeine, Demerol). Opiates tend to relax the user. When opiates are injected, the user feels an immediate "rush." Other initial and unpleasant effects include restlessness, nausea, and vomiting. The user may go from feeling alert to drowsy.

With very large doses, the user cannot be awakened, pupils become smaller, and the skin becomes cold, moist, and bluish in colour. Breathing slows down and death may occur. Generally opiates can be detected in urine (at the Australian Standard Cut-off Level) for between 1 and 2 days.

Methamphetamine: (Ice, Crystal, Speed, Glass, Shards, Crank) is a stimulant drug that is chemically related to amphetamine but with stronger effects on the central nervous system. Short term effects include increased heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing rate; increased talkativeness; insomnia (difficulty sleeping); and hallucinations and confusion. High doses can cause anxiety, paranoia, dizziness, convulsions and death. Methamphetamines can be detected in urine for up to approximately two days following use.

Benzodiazepines: are medications that are frequently prescribed for the symptomatic treatment of anxiety and sleep disorders. The effects of any medication depend on the type of medication, the amount taken and the form in which the medication is taken. Benzodiazepines can cause drowsiness and can impair mental sharpness and physical co-ordination. Generally a positive result can be detected in a urine sample for between one to 12 days.

Alcohol: Alcohol is a drug, and affects the brain like an anaesthetic. In fact, one of the very first anaesthetics ever used in medicine (ether) is based on alcohol. As with anaesthetics, the more alcohol consumed the more of our brain it shuts down. The abilities we acquire last in life, like controlling our behaviour, are the first to be lost. The abilities we acquire first, like being able to breathe, are the last to go. Alcohol can impair judgment and slow our response times.

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