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News (Media Awareness Project) - New Zealand: Drug Test Work Cheats Using Bleach
Title:New Zealand: Drug Test Work Cheats Using Bleach
Published On:2012-02-02
Source:Rotorua Daily Post (New Zealand)
Fetched On:2012-02-03 06:03:08
DRUG TEST WORK CHEATS USING BLEACH

Workers are using bleach in a bid to beat drug tests at Bay of Plenty
businesses.

Latest figures from the New Zealand Drug Detection Agency reveal the
number of workplace tests in the region has more than doubled in the last year.

There were 4458 in 2011, compared with 1711 in 2010, with 8.5 per
cent positive.

The agency's Bay of Plenty general manager Leigh Sefton said the
increase could be down to a rise in testing rather than offending.

He said more companies recognised the benefits of a testing
programme, in terms of morale and productivity as well as safety.

Mr Sefton said up to 10 people a week were trying to cheat the tests
- - with most relying on a friend to provide a clean sample.

"This is usually concealed down the donor's pants in small bottles,
condoms or similar receptacles."

Mr Sefton said the level of cheating depended on the type of
industry, but most occurred at pre-employment tests.

"The donor is aware that they have a drug test to complete and they
come prepared to try and cheat.

In a busy week we may have anywhere from three to 10 cheats."

People also tried adding chemicals such as bleach to urine to try to
mask drug use and others took cleansing or flushing pills available
at various health stores.

"However we still have a number of people fail the test and get quite
upset that the flushing product they purchased hasn't worked."

Testing options included pre-employment, random, post-incident or
accident and reasonable cause testing - when an employee was
displaying recognised indicators or patterns of drug use.

He said the fact people attempted to cheat workplace drug tests was
"a real shame".

"They don't seem to realise, or care, that drug testing is all about
providing a safe working environment," he said.

Those caught trying to cheat drug tests were usually fired.

"It is a serious issue when someone is willingly jeopardising safety
in the workplace," he said.
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