If you own or manage a workplace in Perth or Western Australiaand you’re thinking of implementing drug testing, one of the things you may have considered is whether to implement urine testing or saliva testing.
For the uninitiated, this mightn’t seem like such a big decision and one simply based on a choice of method. But the method choice is important and whether you choose urine testing or saliva testing for your Perth workplace can affect how your employees accept the testing and even have an impact on results.
The debate on whether urine testing or saliva testing is the best drug testing method has carried on for years and will probably still be debated for many years to come, but for most businesses saliva testing simply makes better sense.
But you don’t need to take our word for it.
Many experts agree that saliva drug testing is the best method, including Leanne Cruden, a Senior Lawyer with Ai Group Workplace Lawyers, who “has a particular interest in drug and alcohol management in the workplace”. In a recent Manufacturers’ Monthly article, Ms Cruden stated that, “there is a choice between urine and oral testing for drugs and alcohol, with the urine testing generating the greatest degree of opposition, primarily in relation to privacy concerns.”
The privacy concerns come during collection of the sample. For saliva testing, all the person being tested needs to do is rub a collection device around the inside of their mouth until enough saliva is collected. For urine testing, collection of urine samples is often seen as invasive, embarrassing and an invasion of privacy.
But privacy isn’t the only concern. If you were to implement urine testing Perth workplace you’d need to have adequate restroom facilities and ensure supervision levels during testing reduced invasiveness while ensuring that tampering of samples wasn’t possible. And, if you wanted results to be known straight away – which is obviously ideal due to safety concerns – you’d need to have adequate resources and equipment to ensure this immediacy.
In addition, if you are considering implementing urine testing at your Perth workplace, it’s important to understand that the window of detection for urine testing is wider than for saliva testing. What this essentially means is that it’s possible for a person to be in a safe condition to work but still record a positive result.
Saliva testing Perth, on the other hand, gives a much truer indication of a person’s ability to perform their job safely.
NOTE: If you are thinking about implementing workplace drug testing in your Perth or Western Australian business, give Integrity Sampling a call on 1300 SALIVA. Integrity Sampling conducts saliva drug testing in Perth andat 6 additional locations across WA. While we specialise in saliva drug testing methods, we can also conduct urine testing if your workplace requires.