Drug testing standards updated

STANDARDS Australia has revised the standard for detecting drugs in saliva to make sure the methods used in workplaces across the country are up-to-date and reliable results.
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Revised standards will ensure methods are up-to-date and results are reliable

The new standard - AS/NZS 4760:2019 Procedure for specimen collection and the detection and quantitation of drugs in oral fluid -  was developed with the help of industry bodies, union representatives and community members.

Standards Australia Acting CEO Adrian O'Connell said many occupations were involved in regular drug testing as part of achieving a safer workplaces.

 He said given the nature of the work at the centre of the tests, there was a strong interest in accurate results.

"This revision has been built with regard to the latest technology and scientific developments to benefit to our community," he said.

"The publication of this standard will have incredible flow-on effects, as it guides safety improvements across countless industries in communities across the country."

Standards Australia Technical Committee chair Dr Michael Robertson said  procedures outlined in the standard were developed with the support of device manufacturers, testing laboratories, aviation agencies, trade unions and several other groups with varied interests and requirements.

"All of these groups have worked tirelessly together to ensure the standard is easy to use yet comprehensive while achieving the primary aim of improving safety in the workplace and on our roads, rail and in the air," Robertson said.