Pre-Employment Drug and Alcohol Testing

The most effective method to safeguard organisational culture,
safety and the productivity of your people.

The findings from the Australian National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) outline the extent of drug misuse for employers:

  • 68% of illicit drug users aged 18 or older are employed full or part-time.
  • The use of illicit drugs is highest among 20 to 29 year-olds

(Ref: NSDUH 2013 Dress Rehearsal Final Report (508-PDF) (

The pre-employment testing of urine or oral fluids is ineffective since candidates are informed prior to the testing and can refrain from providing a sample if they do not wish to take it.

Hair testing analyses drugs within the hair shaft, rather than body fluids like urine or saliva, to determine whether drugs of abuse are present. Compared to the analysis of body fluids, hair testing is highly resistant to evasion by adulterating or substituting samples or by simply abstaining from drug use for a few days. Ingested drugs accumulate permanently in hair in proportion to use, providing a permanent historical record that is impossible to adulterate. Hair Drug and Alcohol testing identifies behavioural patterns in a similar way to a police background history check or reference check. This testing will analyze the 3 months prior to the time when the sample was collected and identify any behavioural abnormalities. Tests will not detect one-off or unusual usage.

A small sample of hair is taken from an undetectable location at the back of the donor’s head or from a location on their body.

It’s quick, easy and painless.

Samples are then sent to the laboratory for analysis.

Although there is a wide array of substances that can be tested, pre-employment screening processes typically include:

  • Cocaine
    • Benzoylecgonine
    • Cocaethylene
    • Norcocaine
  • Opioids
    • Codeine
    • Morphine
    • Heroine
    • Hydrocodone
    • Hydromorphone
    • Oxycodone
    • Oxymorphone
  • Phencyclidine
  • Amphetamines
    • Methamphetamine
    • MDMA
    • MDEA
    • Amphetamine
    • Dexamphetamine
  • Marijuana
  • Alcohol

Leveraging Hair Drug testing for pre-employment is the most effective way to safeguard your business and to ensure that you are employing the right people.

Chat with our Client Services Director today about the best approach for your business.