Alcohol Screening Test

Last Updated: October 29, 2018

Definition - What does Alcohol Screening Test mean?

An alcohol screening test, within the context of occupational health and safety, refers to an initial alcohol test for the presence of alcohol that is completed by either a breath alcohol device or an oral fluid alcohol testing device. If the result of an alcohol screening test is above the prohibited blood alcohol concentration, then the test is followed by a confirmation test. The confirmation test will use an evidential breath alcohol machine and follow specific procedures to ensure the positive result of the screening test is not a result of contamination in the mouth such as mouthwash that caused a positive alcohol test.

WorkplaceTesting explains Alcohol Screening Test

An alcohol screening test is the first step in an alcohol test. If a screening test is negative, then the alcohol test is complete. If the alcohol level is above the prohibited blood alcohol content level then an alcohol test will proceed to a confirmation test to verify the results of an alcohol screening test.

An alcohol screening test may be used in the context of wellness as questions in a questionnaire to determine if there is a concern within a workplace for alcohol abuse and the associated health concerns that are associated with alcoholism. With these types of questionnaires the results are kept strictly confidential as if a company were privy to the answers by each employee, there would be little chance of getting truthful answers from employees. Annonymity helps to ensure useful data for the company to use when developing and evaluating their wellness program.

This definition was written in the context of Occupational Health and Safety
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