Choosing a breathalyser for workplace use is crucial to ensuring the success of your workplace drug and alcohol policy. Here we answer some of the most common questions posed by OH&S Managers when choosing an workplace breathalyser from Andatech . If you have any more questions, do contact Andatech for assistance.
Will any breathalyser do the job?
Not all the breathalysers are the same and it is important to know how breathalysers work and the differences between semiconductor and fuel cell breathalysers so you can make a better choice.
For workplace use, the accuracy and reliability of a breathalyser is of paramount importance, so choosing an Australian Standards AS3547 Certified, fuel cell industrial breathalyser should be the minimum requirements when looking for a workplace alcohol testing device.
How to choose the best breathalyser for your workplace
You need to enquire about the following from the supplier:
Breathalyser’s compliance with Australian Standard AS3547.
Compliance with Australian Standards AS3547 specifies that the device in question meets the required level of accuracy and can be relied upon over the calibration period.
Fuel cell sensor.
It is important to opt for a device with a fuel sensor since the accuracy level is higher in this type of breathalysers, and is alcohol-specific. Fuel cell breathalysers are also more durable and industrial grade fuel cell devices generally last longer and provide more stable readings even after multiple tests.
To maintain their accuracy, breathalyser calibration is necessary at the recommended regular intervals, especially so as to maintain them up to Australian Standards AS3547 requirements. For most AlcoSense industrial breathalyzers, calibration is required every 6 months to maintain them up to Australian Standards.
Calibration process and downtime.
It’s worth finding out what you need to do to send your breathalyzer back for calibration, how much it costs, and how long you might have to go without your breathalyser. AlcoSense breathalyser calibrations are conducted by Andatech and generally take 3-5 business days, not including transit times. Our large corporate and industrial clients sign up for calibration management plan, which are cheaper on a yearly plan and have a faster calibration turnaround time.
If you want zero downtime on your breathalyser, opt for a breathalyser with a replaceable sensor, like the AlcoSense Surety fuel cell breathalyzer. With a replaceable sensor, you can purchase a spare sensor and send the old sensor back for calibration when the time is due. This means you’ll always have a working device for testing, and there’ll be no downtime between calibrations. The after sales service on breathalysers are ever so important as it can impact your workplace health and safety program as well as your professional life.
Is the breathalyser capable of sampling deep lung air and monitoring pressure?
A good breathalyser always samples deep lung air because only then the level of alcohol will be properly reflected. To make sure that deep lung air is sampled by your breathalyser, test by checking if it is monitoring the duration and intensity with which the individual is blowing. All AlcoSense industrial breathalysers do this when used under normal mode with a mouthpiece.
Can saliva of previous test subjects enter the breathalyser’s internal components?
For hygiene concerns, ensure that the breathalyser is contact-free, i.e. it utilises single-use disposable mouthpiece. All AlcoSense industrial and even personal breathalysers are supplied with individually packaged mouthpieces. Our mouthpieces are also designed so as to prevent saliva or foregin substances from entering the breathalyser sensor and potentially damaging the internal components or affecting the BAC reading.
For extra hygiene, our industrial breathalysers like the Andatech Prodigy S are designed with a button to remove the mouthpiece from the device without needing to touch the mouthpiece, making the alcohol testing process sanitary from start to finish.
Depending on the size of your organisation and how many people needs to be tested on a regular basis, you’d want to look for different features and specifications on the industrial breathalyser. For example – capacity for storing data or test results, ability to print results on-the-spot or transfer to a PC, ability to change units of measurement of BAC or switch between languages, or even WiFi or Bluetooth capabilities. Our industrial breathalysers range from simple testing units like the Precision+, to highly advanced devices like the AlcoSense Prodigy with Printer. For work sites where a more rugged unit is needed, something like the AlcoSense Soberpoint II Wall Mounted Breathalyser is perfect for testing employees before they enter the site.
For information and assistance with drug testing Australia workplace employees, be sure to talk to our workplace drug testing experts on 1300 800 200 (AU) or +613 8899 6900 (International) for a free consultation.