Alcohol or other drug use can sometimes become a social and health problem, which can have a negative impact on the working and private lives of those it affects. It is also possible that the use of alcohol and other drugs could create problems in the workplace such as, but not limited to, increased risk of accidents and other safety issues, absenteeism, diminished performance and productivity, and interpersonal conflict.
What Employers Can Do
Alcoholism and other drug addictions can become chronic and potentially fatal diseases if not treated. Employers who notice an employee having difficulty on the job may want to assess whether alcohol or drug use is affecting this person's productivity. If this is the case, here are some steps you can take to begin a discussion about alcohol and drugs in the workplace.
Educate: Educate employees about company policies regarding alcohol and drug use.
Document: Keep a record of the employee's work performance -- good and bad. That way you will be able to document any change.
Warn: Have an informal talk to alert the employee about his or her unsatisfactory job performance, communicate your expectations, and discuss the consequences. Do not discuss drug and alcohol abuse specifically. Keep the conversation on job performance issues.
Refer: Contact the person designated by your company -- whether it's a representative of your Employee Assistance Program (EAP), a medical professional or other -- to advise you about confronting an employee who has problems. They can give you advice for your initial discussion and then inform the employee of available help.
Intervene: Don't delay or beat around the bush. The sooner you talk to an employee, the sooner he or she can get help.
Confirm: Evaluate the extent of any problem through professional assessment.
Follow up: Stick to your guns. Once you have confronted an employee, following through with appropriate support is extremely important.
The Itemiser3 is an instrument used to screen for drugs. Screening is a preliminary evaluation that attempts to determine whether key features of drug abuse are present in an individual. Screening indicates whether the problem of drug abuse is likely present.
Imagine being able to go into a workplace or even a school and being able to determine if cocaine, heroin, THC, methamphetamine, Amphetamine, MDMA, MDA, Crystal Meth or other drugs are being used, you can identifying potential or actual abusers so appropriate intervention services can be provided.
The Itemiser3 uses simple particle swaps that are swiped across a surface and then inserted into the Itemiser3 for analysis. Surfaces include skin, vehicles, ID cards, pens, etc. The Itemiser3 was designed with portability and flexibility in mind. It has touch screen menus on a graphical user interface that make it easy to learn and operate. Quick analysis and results are ready in as little as 7 seconds. Its lightweight design makes it easy to transport and can operate from any vehicles 12 VDC power outlet, as well as, the one hour battery life. With expanding libraries to accommodate unique user requirements the Itemiser3 is functional for almost anyone in any situation.
Elite Security System maintains an Itemizer3 in house to compliment the Narcotic Dog detection team and to assist corporate clients with validation of potential narcotics found during swab tests. Contact Elite Security Systems for more information.
Elite uses several different breeds of dog for narcotic detection but has primarily employed the Labrador Retriever breed. The dogs are selected from reputable breeders with basic obedience training being taught. The selected dogs are matched with Elite officers to continue the narcotics detection training which forms a well-trained detector dog team.
The life of a detector dog:
What Elite looks for in a potential detector dog:
Passive vs. Active
When the program initially started, all drug/firearm dogs were trained to indicate actively by scratching, digging, biting and barking at the source of the contraband odour. This was an effective way to deter drug and firearm smuggling. Primarily, only passive dog training is now conducted.
Passive dogs will sit beside the source of the trained odour. The docile and friendly nature of the dogs allows Elite officers to peacefully circulate with them during detection. Passive detector dogs are working in all regions throughout Canada including international airports in Halifax, Quebec City, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver.