Alcohol Testing eLearning Refresher Course

Welcome to the Alcohol Testing Refresher Course

This course is designed to refresh your knowledge on alcohol testing in the workplace. The law changes from time to time and it is always a good idea to keep up to date with the latest law changes. Throughout the refresher training you will be required to complete the following lessons including a short quiz at the end of each lesson to confirm your understanding and finally complete an assessment.

Throughout the training you can navigate forwards and backwards should you wish to re-read information and there is no time limit. Your progress is automatically saved as you go through and you can come back to the training at any time.

You do not need any equipment available while completing the training such as pen and paper, however it is advisable to make notes as you go through.


To start the training please click on the first lesson.


Thank you.


01. – Testing in the workplace (Refresher)

Length: 4 minutesComplexity: Easy

Accident report Alcohol Testing in the Workplace There are many benefits to screening employees for alcohol use in the work place, including (but not restricted to) the following: -  Creating a safer working environment - Optimising employee production - Improving staff attendance - Encouraging staff efficiency and levels of alertness...

02. -Tolerances to Alcohol (Refresher)

Length: 0 minutes

Alcohol Tolerance and Metabolism As human beings, our bodies metabolise at different rates meaning our ability to eliminate alcohol will vary from person to person. Take 2 people consuming the same type and volume of a particular alcohol and they can give dramatically different breath alcohol readings. Various factors affect…

03. – Blood Alcohol VS Breath Alcohol (Refresher)

Length: 4 minutesComplexity: Hard

Blood Alcohol versus Breath Alcohol Alcohol in the blood (liquid) and alcohol in breath (gas) are two different entities and are therefore measured differently.  There is a formula which can be used to establish the ratio between to the 2 different measurements. Known as Henry’s Law, it specifies: “the quantity of a…

04. – Alcohol Measurements and Readings (Refresher)

Length: 2 minutesComplexity: Easy

Alcohol Measurements and Readings As learnt in the last lesson, the measurements for a breath alcohol reading and blood alcohol reading are different, but imply the same level of impairment. BrAC – Breath Alcohol Concentration A gas concentration. This can be displayed in microgrammes of Ethanol per 100ml of breath eg…

05. – The Drink Driving Law (Refresher)


Length: 5 minutesComplexity: Standard

The Drink Driving Law In December 2014, the Drink Driving limit in Scotland was reduced to 22µg of alcohol per 100ml breath. You may also have seen it in the media expressed in its blood alcohol limit of 50mg/100ml (0.05%BAC). This is the same limit for the Republic of Ireland. Ireland…

06. – Drink-driving limits across Europe (Refresher)

Length: 2 minutesComplexity: Easy

England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Malta have the highest drink-driving limits in all of Europe for all drivers. Not only do all other European countries have lower drink-driving limits for private motorists, but many have adopted a zero tolerance limit (i.e., 9μg/100ml of breath) for commercial, novice, and learner drivers….

07. – Company testing – policy limit (Refresher)

Length: 0 minutes

Company Testing – Policy Limits In the previous lessons we have talked about the Drink driving limit, but many of you may be working in high-risk jobs that do not involve driving. The law that we will look at in this lesson is: The Transport and Works Act 1992: “It…

08. – Measurement Conditions for Alcohol Testing (Refresher)

Length: 4 minutesComplexity: Standard

Measurement conditions for Alcohol Testing  Prior to performing a breath test, having completed the best practice procedure form for alcohol testing, there are several factors to consider: Contamination It is imperative to wait at least 20 minutes after smoking, eating or drinking.  Residual mouth contamination (for example from mouthwash) can give…

09. – The Dräger AlcoTest 6820 – Breathalyzer (Refresher)

Length: 5 minutesComplexity: Easy

The Dräger AlcoTest 6820 As with all Dräger devices this breathalyzer is very easy to use and navigate. If you have your breathalyzer on you now, use the image below to familiarise yourself with the features. LED warning lights  – Green, Amber and Red. Infra Red Port – Used to…

10. – The AlcoDigital EON – Breathalyzer (Refresher)

Length: 5 minutesComplexity: Easy

The AlcoDigital EON The AlcoDigital EON is an evidential breathalyzer with European Approval for Professional Use. As with all Sentech devices this breathalyzer is very easy to use and navigate. If you have your EON breathalyzer on you now, use the image below to familiarise yourself with the features. LED…

11. – The AlcoDigital AlcoSaber (Refresher)

Length: 2 minutesComplexity: Easy

The AlcoDigital AlcoSaber is a breathalyzer specifically designed for rapid alcohol screening. It is ideally suited for use in situations where rapid testing of large numbers of people with minimal intrusion is required – for example, site entrances, roadblocks, entrances into safety-critical environments, or simply as the initial test on…

12. – The Dräger Ignition Interlock – (Refresher)

Length: 3 minutesComplexity: Easy

The Dräger Ignition Interlock.   An interlock is a breathalyzer immobiliser which is wired into a vehicle, requiring a breath test prior to starting the engine. The settings on the alcohol ignition interlock device make it impossible to start the engine if an alcohol reading above a set limit is…

13. – AlcoDigital WorkSober – (Refresher)

Length: 4 minutesComplexity: Easy

AlcoDigital WorkSober The Worksober Wall-mountable device is more than just a clock-in, clock-out device. There are many different ways in which is creates an alcohol free workplace and there are many high tech features built in. Key features include: Facial Recognition Alcohol testing – EN Certified Real time data reports…

14. – Best practice procedure (Refresher)

Length: 0 minutes

Best practice procedures If you are not going to do an alcohol test correctly you may as well not do it at all. But don’t worry – with these simple instructions you will perform it to industry standards. When the results of an alcohol test could potentially cost someone their…

15. – Delegate Assessment – (Refresher)

Length: 30 minutesComplexity: Standard

Congratulations – you have now reached the end of your online refresher! The next section is the final assessment, so please now take the time to make sure you are ready. You can go back and review any information now if you wish, before starting the assessment. Please click “VIEW…