A solution based on fingerprint sweat analysis is pledging to bring new levels of convenience, hygiene and speed to employee drug testing in the construction industry.

Unlike traditional urine or saliva-based drug tests which can be invasive, time-consuming and undignified for testers and employees, Intelligent Fingerprinting said its portable drug testing solution is quick and easy to deploy wherever it is needed across a construction business. It supports all forms of employee drug testing including pre-employment screening as well as random and for-cause testing, whether in the office or on construction sites.

The new end-to-end system features an initial screening test that works by analysing sweat from a fingerprint to determine if an employee has recently used cocaine, opiates, amphetamines or cannabis. Sample collection takes only five seconds, with simultaneous screening results for all four drug groups provided in just eight minutes.

Should an employee or contractor’s drug screen test positive – in contravention of a construction firm’s existing Health & Safety or drug misuse policy – the tester would then use Intelligent Fingerprinting’s Fingerprint Collection Kit for Laboratory Analysis to collect samples for a confirmation test.

An introductory video demonstrating the fingerprint-based drug testing in action

The kit for the laboratory confirmation service also includes everything required to securely send the collected samples to the testing laboratory including a tamper-evident security bag, barcodes to maintain anonymous sample identity and a postage-paid returns envelope.

Intelligent Fingerprinting’s Dr Paul Yates said: “Under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, construction firms have a duty to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of their staff, so an effective employee drug screening and testing service should be a critical element of any workplace drug policy. However, it’s also essential that firms and their employees are completely confident in the accuracy of their drug testing procedures, regardless of whether they’re testing urine, saliva or sweat. For this reason, a laboratory confirmation test should always be carried out following a positive screening result.

“With our non-invasive system – which combines the portable reader with the simple one-touch drug screening cartridge, and the unequivocal results offered with our Fingerprint Collection Kit for Laboratory Analysis – construction firms can enjoy all the benefits of fingerprint-based drug testing and be confident about the end-to-end reliability of their process.”