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Drug testing explained (in under 3 minutes)

Workplace drug testing does not always improve workplace safety, can be ineffective at managing impairment, and is highly invasive.

Drug testing can include pre-employment drug testing, random drug testing, testing on suspicion of drug use, and testing if there is an accident or incident. New Zealanders can only be randomly drug tested in safety sensitive work environments. There is less clarity about other drug testing but it needs to be in-line with any employment agreement and should be consistent with the organisation's alcohol and other drug policy.

Drug testing only shows part of the picture. Each test only detects some drugs. To improve workplace safety, focus on impairment not if drugs have been used.

Random drug testing does not necessarily make a workplace safer

Testing only detects a narrow variety of drugs

Health and safety efforts should focus on impairment

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