Fingerprint drug test rollout underway across European construction sites

Intelligent Fingerprinting has been adopted by Crown Roofing and Cladding in a move to improve health and safety by testing staff members and workers for alcohol and drug abuse from a sweat sample
Intelligent Fingerprinting has been adopted by Crown Roofing and Cladding in a move to improve health and safety by testing staff members and workers for alcohol and drug abuse from a sweat sample

Intelligent Fingerprinting has been adopted by Crown Roofing and Cladding in a move to improve health and safety by testing staff members and workers for alcohol and drug abuse from a sweat sample.

Crown Roofing and Cladding is currently rolling out the Intelligent Fingerprinting UK-designed and manufactured fingerprint drug test across its European sites.

Due to the high-risk work at height that it carries out, Crown Roofing and Cladding has a zero-tolerance approach to drugs and alcohol misuse. The company researched and purchased the Intelligent Fingerprinting test to enable on-site, in-house drug testing, along with an alcohol breathalyser to ensure everyone is safe at work.

The company now has plans to roll out the in-house testing approach to promote positive adherence to its drug and alcohol policies across construction sites in Ireland and other European sites.

A simple process
Intelligent Fingerprinting’s drug testing system features a small, tamper-evident drug screening cartridge onto which 10 fingerprint sweat samples are collected, in a process which takes less than a minute.

The Intelligent Fingerprinting portable analysis unit then reads the cartridge and provides a positive or negative result on-screen for all drugs in the test in 10 minutes.

Crown Roofing and Cladding’s own well-trained staff will carry out the random tests in-house as required, acting as a deterrent to help underpin the company’s drug and alcohol policies.

Fingerprint drug testing’s shorter ‘window of detection’ gives organisations a simple and dignified way of identifying potential employee use of cocaine, cannabis, opiates and methamphetamine in the period immediately before their working shift.

Emma O’Gorman Wall, chief operating officer at Crown Roofing and Cladding, explained: “As a company, we are highly committed to employee and stakeholder health, safety and wellbeing. This is our constant focus. Our objective, from a health, safety and wellbeing point of view, is to keep everyone safe on-site and ensure every individual gets home safely each evening to their families. With the help of the Intelligent Fingerprinting system, we have been able to quickly roll-out random drug and alcohol testing ourselves – all in-house.

“Through remote training, our health and safety manager and team can conduct drug testing as and when required. We are randomly testing at one of our European sites now and are so impressed with the system that we’re now looking to roll it out to our other operational sites across Europe and Ireland.

The system is incredibly easy to use, and the benefit of being able to own the entire process in-house is very appealing to us. Importantly, the system tests for relevant recent drug use – rather than over a longer period – in line with workers’ union guidelines.”

Philip Hand, executive chairman at Intelligent Fingerprinting, added: “While our drug testing system is UK-designed and manufactured, we’re increasingly exporting our solution worldwide. As organisations recognise the clear benefits of in-house control of the end-to-end drug testing process, we’re expecting multi-country rollouts of the Intelligent Fingerprinting drug test system to become more and more frequent.

“Like many of our customers, Crown Roofing and Cladding also wanted to engage with a single supplier to support its drug and alcohol testing, so we are pleased to be supplying breath alcohol tests as well as our fingerprint drug testing system.”

An introductory video demonstrating fingerprint-based drug testing in action is available here.