Drug & Alcohol Testing eLearning Refresher Course with AlcoDigital AlcoSaber/EON breathalyzers, DrugStop, and Lab Confirmation Kit

Please work your way through the 20 lessons below to complete the Delegate Assessment.


01. Substance testing in the workplace

Length: 4 minutesComplexity: Easy

There are many benefits to screening employees for drug and alcohol use in the workplace, including: - Safer environment for employees - More productive employees - Increased staff attendance - More alert and efficient staff - Better cause of incident awareness - A decrease in accidents and damages - Increased staff...

02. Blood alcohol vs Breath alcohol

Length: 4 minutesComplexity: Hard

Alcohol in the blood (liquid) and alcohol in breath (gas) are two different entities and are therefore measured differently. Henry’s Law is a formula which can be used to establish the ratio between blood/breath alcohol: “the quantity of a substance in a liquid (e.g., alcohol in blood) at a standard…

03. Alcohol measurements and readings

Length: 2 minutesComplexity: Easy

While the measurements for a breath alcohol reading and blood alcohol reading are different, they imply the same level of impairment. BrAC – Breath Alcohol Concentration A gas concentration. This can be displayed in micrograms of ethanol per 100ml of breath e.g., 35 µg/100ml (the current England/Wales Limit), or milligrams…

04. The drink-driving law


Length: 5 minutesComplexity: Standard

In December 2014, the drink-driving limit in Scotland was reduced to 22µg/100ml of 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 Ireland. Ireland also have a lower limit again for professional, learner and…

05. Drink-driving limits across Europe

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….

06. Breathalyzer sampling options and measurement conditions

Length: 4 minutesComplexity: Standard

Sampling Options There are two main sample options, i.e., two types of tests that most breathalyzers can conduct. Automatic Sampling (evidential test) Automatic measurement of the correct quantity of breath, taken after both minimum breath volume (1.2 litres) and blowing periods (~2 seconds) are reached. An automatic sample requires the…

07. The AlcoSaber

Length: 10 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…

08. The AlcoDigital EON

Length: 5 minutesComplexity: Easy

The AlcoDigital EON is an evidential breathalyzer with European Approval (EN-15964) for professional use. If you have your EON breathalyzer on you now, use the image below to familiarise yourself with the features. LED warning lights  – Red, Amber, Green Bluetooth connection – Connect to android phone  to store results,…

09. Drugs of impairment

Length: 3 minutesComplexity: Easy

In order to understand drug testing in the workplace – and to be able to confidently answer questions from people you are testing – it is important to have a basic understanding of the different types of drugs and the effects they have on the user. Everybody ingests ‘drugs’ on…

10. Stimulants

Length: 2 minutesComplexity: Easy

Stimulants such as amphetamines or cocaine provide the user with an enhanced state of alertness, speeding up physiological processes within the body by stimulating the central nervous system. Over-use can lead to lack of appetite and problems sleeping; high doses can cause increased blood pressure and heart rate, leading to hyperactivity…

11. Sedatives

Length: 2 minutesComplexity: Easy

Sedatives cause a physiological slowing of the body’s responses by modulating the central nervous system, and can be used to produce a calming effect to aid anxiety or sleep issues. They come in various forms, with alcohol being the most common and widely used legally sedating drug. Misuse of sedatives…

12. Hallucinogens

Length: 2 minutesComplexity: Easy

The third type of drug that causes impairment are classed as hallucinogens. They are, by and large, very powerful drugs but because of this they are usually taken in infinitesimally small amounts – small squares of paper can induce dramatic levels of impairment. Because these substances are taken in such…

13. Prescription drugs

Length: 4 minutesComplexity: Standard

Drug screening is not just about illegal substances, therefore impairment caused by the use of prescription drugs is an issue that cannot be ignored. Prescription drugs contain a wide range of substances from the drug groups we’ve just reviewed, and whilst they are given to the user by a medical…

14. Methods of drug testing

Length: 4 minutesComplexity: Easy

There are various different ways to screen a person for drugs, depending on what information it is that you are looking to find. Hair sampling might be considered is a suitable choice for pre-employment screening as it gives the longest window of historical data on drug consumption. Depending on the…

15. Why oral fluid?

Length: 3 minutesComplexity: Easy

Of the various different methods that can be used to detect drugs of abuse, in an employment scenario the key issue is current impairment at the time the test is taken rather than historical drug use. Oral fluid collection is now almost universally accepted as the most suitable ‘on-the-spot’ indicator…

16. The DrugStop

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Easy

The DrugStop is a disposable drug testing kit brand that takes a saliva sample and provides screening results for 1-9 different drug categories depending on the which DrugStop you have. How does it work? The technique of testing is called competitive immunoassay. This is where the potential drugs contained in…

17. Test conditions for the Chain of Custody procedure

Length: 4 minutesComplexity: Easy

If you have a non-negative result on a screening test, you should proceed immediately to the Lab Confirmation Kit/Chain of Custody procedure.  Be Timely The Chain of Custody procedure is a follow-up test that should be done immediately after a non-negative result on a saliva screening device. Time is an…

18. The step by step checklist

Length: 3 minutesComplexity: Easy

Each step on the checklist is important so as not to break the chain of custody. Missing a step could cause the test to be invalid and the lab may refuse to test the samples. Once you are ready to begin, remove the water you previously gave the donor if…

19. The Lab Confirmation Kit

Length: 2 minutesComplexity: Easy

Each Lab Confirmation Kit contains: Lab Confirmation Kit paperwork: Medical questionnaire, donor information sheet, step by step checklist Chain of Custody Forms: White master copy, thee carbon copies (blue, pink, and green) 2x Quantisal pouches: Each containing a sample collector (swab) and transport tube Prepaid postage bag It is a…

20. Final Assessment

Length: 45 minutesComplexity: Standard

The next section is the final assessment, so please 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 THE LESSON QUIZ” to start the main assessment. The assessment contains 30 random…