If you're worried your staff are drinking on the job, or arriving drunk to work, you may want to perform a breathalyser test.
But how does a breathalyser test actually work?
Essentially, a simple breathalyser would require that:
This is a simple breathalyser test, but there are other breathalysers available that measures the breath alcohol content (BAC) in electronic format.
Here are the three types of breathalyser tests you can use
#1: According to the Health & Safety Advisor, the earlier types of breathalyser tests use crystals that change colour in the presence of alcohol as mentioned above.
#2: The type of test mentioned above has been replaced by electronic instruments with digital or dial read-outs.
With these ones, the person being tested blows into a tube and the equipment analyses the sample. It then prints the results on a piece of paper to indicate the amount of alcohol present in the blood stream.
#3: The most common breathalysers endorsed by the 'Arrive Alive Campaign' in South Africa are the Alcoscan series. These are easy-to-use breathalysers where a person blows sharply into a sensor on the face of the device. You can find out more about them on www.breathalysers.co.za.
If you want to use any of these tests in your workplace, keep in mind you can only conduct breathalyser tests only if you have a breathalyser policy in place.