In order to provide service to more people in the mining Industry, Frontline Diagnostics is looking at providing mobile drug testing clinics to serve Mudgee and Bathurst. These clinics are seen as the solution to concerns of both business owners and employees who need nearby on-the-spot mobile testing clinics.
This plan just followed a recent step taken by Frontline Diagnostics of taking its drug testing clinics nearer to the mining industry of Boggabri. According to Michael White, the company is looking into the idea of opening mobile clinics to service its patrons.
White also added that the said mobile clinics will make testing easier and closer to mine visitors who, in the past, can’t be tested locally so they must travel to Newcastle or Sydney to have their certifications updated. He also mentioned that the clinics will predominantly test mine site visitors such as tradespeople who do not have an up-to-date testing certificate, but will also test samples collected at local mines as part of normal ongoing drug testing
News of the new mobile drug testing clinics coincide with the recent rise of drug related arrests in the area. Authorities are alarmed by this increase and this fact is supported by the recently released Crime Commission statistics. According to Mr. White, this is a big concern for mine management as they are expecting a rise in the number of mine workers and visitors who will test positive.
“Mines can be dangerous workplaces at the best of times, but when employees are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the risk of accident, injury or worse can dramatically increase,” Mr White said.
“Up to 75 per cent of people who take drugs go to work, and in the case of mining, these same people can be operating heavy machinery, driving vehicles, and working in confined spaces with others. They are not only putting themselves at risk, but are also posing the threat of harm to others. Ensuring a drug-safe workplace will eliminate that risk and reduce the chance of injury.”, he also added.
The good news is that the Australian mining industry is in full support of workplace safety with regards to drug safe workplaces.