And finally… Fingerprint employee drug testing now a reality for construction firms

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

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