Much of the opposition to workplace drug testing is centred on the invasive nature of blood tests and, to a lesser extent, saliva tests. Citing privacy laws, many employees oppose drug testing in the workplace, and in some cases, even bring their employers to court to dispute anything that results from those drug tests.
However, with the advent of a new drug testing method in the workplace, invasiveness and privacy may no longer be an issue that employees guilty of substance abuse at work can hide behind as far as workplace drug tests are concerned.
Mobile fingerprint drug screening
British medical devices company Intelligent Fingerprinting is currently developing the world’s first mobile fingerprint drug screening device. Instead of drawing any kind of bodily fluid from a subject, all the device will do is collect a sample for screening through the touch of the subject’s fingerprint onto a small collection cartridge. The cartridge will then be inserted into a handheld test reader which makes an analysis of a subject’s fingerprint sweat. It promises to get results in less than ten minutes, and promises to simultaneously screen for up to five groups of drugs.
Once this device is perfected and released, it can very well revolutionise drug screening not only in the workplace, but in other areas of society as well.
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