It is now a reality for the trucking industry, driver drug testing by fingerprint. Systems have become available both in the US and in Europe, which enable trucking operators to test each driver for drugs at the start of each shift.
“Intelligent Fingerprinting is bringing new levels of convenience, hygiene and speed to workplace drug testing for the transport and logistics industry with the availability of a simple, end-to-end drug testing solution based on fingerprint sweat analysis,” says the company’s website.
“Unlike traditional urine or saliva-based drug tests that can be invasive, time-consuming and undignified for testers and employees, the portable Intelligent Fingerprinting drug testing solution is quick and easy to deploy wherever it is needed across today’s transport and logistics operations.”
Should an employee or contractor’s drug screen test positive – in contravention of a transport or logistics firm’s existing Health and 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.
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 end-to-end drug testing solution for transport and logistics firms features a single-use, tamper-evident drug screening cartridge that takes just five seconds to collect a sweat sample. The Intelligent Fingerprinting portable analysis unit then reads the cartridge and provides a positive or negative result on-screen for cocaine, opiates, cannabis and amphetamines in under ten minutes.
Should an employee’s initial screen prove positive for any of the four drugs tested, in contravention of a firm’s drug policy, two further samples for confirmation are gathered using the Intelligent Fingerprinting Fingerprint Collection Kit for Laboratory Analysis. Informed written consent is obtained from the donor prior to sample collection, along with a statement of the donor’s prescription medication, if applicable.
Once the confirmatory samples have been collected, the Fingerprint Collection Cartridges are sent in a tamper-evident security bag to Intelligent Fingerprinting’s partner laboratory for analysis. The laboratory then provides the transport or logistics firm with a Certificate of Analysis that reports the amount of drug detected in the sample provided.