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28 January 1997 Keys to a drug-free workplace
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Proceedings Volume 2932, Human Detection and Positive Identification: Methods and Technologies; (1997)
Event: Enabling Technologies for Law Enforcement and Security, 1996, Boston, MA, United States
What does it take to establish a drug free work place. Are technologies available other than urine testing for pre- employment screening and monitoring of employees. Various methods are now available to screen for illicit drug residues on items handled by individuals. The residues can be acquired from the surfaces of items such as telephones, door knobs, steering wheels, lockers, clothing, identification cards, etc. Test kits are also available for urine testing at NIDA threshold levels. Analysis of hair, saliva, and sweat is now possible. How good ar these methods and kits. What value are they to the public. What are the legal concerns facing employers. What do the screening test show. These questions and others are addressed in this paper. The authors review for the reader how drug abuse by US workers costs businesses. The paper then addresses the various aspects of the DOT regulations to determine why urine analysis (UA) is insufficient to eliminate drug abuse. The authors present applications of screening technologies in addition to UA. Finally, the authors provide a conclusion of findings and recommendations for businesses that truly want or need drug free work places.
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Joseph J. Fortuna and Patricia Boyle Fortuna "Keys to a drug-free workplace", Proc. SPIE 2932, Human Detection and Positive Identification: Methods and Technologies, (28 January 1997);

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