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Want to conduct breathalyser tests in your workplace? You have three options...

by , 23 October 2013
A breathalyser test is used to measure the blood alcohol level of a person. This device measures the blood alcohol content (BAC) from the breath of a person. The legal blood alcohol limit is 0.5% or 0.24mg per 1000ml of breath. Read on to discover the three types of breathalyser tests you can use in your workplace.

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:

  • A person blows into it. If the dark orange crystals change to a green colour, it's an indication that the person is intoxicated.
  • In fact, the darker the green, the more alcohol is present in the blood.

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#2: The type of test mentioned above has been replaced by electronic instruments with digital or dial read-outs.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.

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