Let It Rain

Alcohol testAs humans, being humans, we try so hard to control all the forces of environment and nature around us. We dam rivers, and build walls to keep out the ocean tides. We stop natural spread of growth and even control which bugs are allowed to be on our crops. Is there anything we cannot control? It’s funny that we should ask that question.

We cannot control each other.

For centuries, humans have attempted to control each other in every possible way. We have tried to do it through force, through persuasion, through kindness and through being a doormat. We have tried to do everything we can possible do to each other and none of it has ever worked. Humans cannot control each other, so we might as well put our energy into something else and stop trying to perform an impossible task.

We cannot keep it from raining.

In the workplace, various measures are set in place to ensure that employees have a safe, humane, enjoyable working environment, and this is because we cannot force employees to come to work, either. Neither can we force any member of our staff to behave themselves when they do.

We can, however, control who works for us and who doesn’t.

This is not a responsibility to take lightly. We can offer to do so much for each other, but we can only control who works for us and who doesn’t. Employee drug testing is in place to help you decide who to keep and who to let go. It is also just an evaluation tool so that you can get an accurate view of your employees at any moment in time. Our breathalyser recalibration service keeps your reusable equipment in line, and everything else can be reorder from us as needed. Screening tests cannot change what your employees choose to do or not do about substance abuse, but they can give you a full picture of what is going on and what may need to be done about it. Be sure to check out our Lifeloc FC10 alcohol breathalyser before you choose another product. It’s very popular. For more information, call CMM Technology today: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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Latest Trends in Drug Testing

Drug testing is going through a bit of a mass flux in recent months. First, another wave of individual rights hit the fan about a year ago,Drug Testing protesting the supposed violation of privacy brought on by drug testing. Then, we entered a phase where businesses everywhere are employing mass drug testing for all of their employees, and are really happy with the results.

Employee drug testing has been on a rise ever since then.

In order to compete with the competition, you will not want to hire workers who are rejected by the other businesses. You will want to stay competitive and bring your company to this level, as well. There is a great deal to be said in favor of using screening tests of any kind. CMM Technology provides you with all of them, saliva drug tests, urine drug tests, and alcohol breathalyser devices, as well as our breathalyser recalibration service. Of course, we are also accredited by NATA for our breathalyser calibration.

That makes us the best option available for you.

If you would like to look at our drug test equipment, be sure to check out our website and browse around our products, check out our sister site which does onsite drug testing, and even call us up to ask us some questions.

We love answering questions.

Now that you are intrigued with all of our special awesome qualities, we would also like to invite you to look at your employee turnover rate in your business. Evaluate how many of your employees were let go due to drug or alcohol abuse, and then do something really interesting. Look at how long they were employed in your company before their abuse was identified. Yes, we thought you would notice that one, especially.

In order to protect your company assets and reduce your expenses on employee turnover and potential liability, go ahead and start using drug test equipment from CMM Technology. We can bring a lot of good assets to your business and we can do so in an affordable manner. Give us a call today and find out more about us: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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Drugs, Alcohol, and Safety Do Not Mix

Drug TestingInjuries in the workplace are common…too common, unfortunately. Understanding why and how injuries occur helps management develop policies and procedures that minimize worker risks. However, there is no getting around the fact that employers and employees share responsibility for maintaining a safe workplace neither can do it alone. The employer has a duty to develop policies that promote a drug and alcohol free workplace, and to back up those policies with a random substance testing program. Workers have a duty to not use illicit drugs or alcohol in the workplace, and to inform employers if taking legal drugs that could impair the ability to safely perform job duties. By sharing the statistics on the number and seriousness of injuries with workers, employers can reinforce the importance of maintaining a substance free workplace.

No one really likes thinking about injuries. It seems more genteel to talk about workplace safety, but the thousands of injury claims each year represent a life interrupted to some degree. Most workers could probably not tell their employers how many people are seriously injured at work each year. People are optimistic by nature and tend to think, “It can’t happen to me.” Yet, the approximately 128,000 people seriously injured at work in 2009-2010 1 represent an incident rate of 12.6 people per 1,000 employees. A typical claim led to 12 or more weeks off work. More disturbing is the fact, 216 workers died due to an injury incurred in 2009-2010.1 The cost of injuries and illnesses were more than $61 billion or 4.8 percent of GDP. Some of the injuries and deaths are drug and alcohol related. Though the statistics vary from year to year, it is clear that workplace injury is not a topic to be ignored.

What type of injuries do workers incur? Sprains and strains to joints and surrounding muscles accounted for 43 percent of injuries in 2009-2010. Other injuries included fractures, open wounds, contusions, disorders involving soft tissues, back injuries, deafness, mental disorders, burns, hernias, dislocations, and a variety of other injuries. The injuries are caused by body stressing, falls and trips, being hit by a moving object, noise, vehicle accidents, heat and electricity, chemicals, and other factors to a lesser degree. The industries with the highest rate of fatalities associated with injuries incurred at work were agriculture/forestry/fishing, transport/postal/warehousing, construction, and manufacturing. However, numerous other industries experienced fatalities and some are surprising. For example, in 2009-2010, the administrative services industry had 9 fatalities and the retail trade had 8 fatalities.

What can employers learn from this information? First, it is apparent that there is no industry or job exempt from worker injuries. Second, since drugs and alcohol impair worker performance and increase the rate of injury, a drug and alcohol testing program plays a key role in reducing injury risks. Third, workers need to be informed as to the seriousness of injuries and how injuries can lead to death. Fourth, all factors need to be tied together to create a holistic picture to present in worker training and development programs. These factors include general health and safety, risks of injury and death, healthy lifestyles, and the impact of drug and alcohol use on safety. Though specific statistics on workplace injuries associated with drug use are difficult to obtain, it is estimated that alcohol is involved in approximately 5 percent of workplace deaths and 4-11 percent of workplace non-fatal injuries.

References

  1. Ken Pidd and Ann Roche. (2013, July). Workplace alcohol and other drug programs: What is good practice? Retrieved from Australian Drug Foundation: http://bit.ly/1bSjrAs
  2. Safe Work Australia. (2012). Key Work Health and Safety Statistics, Australia. Retrieved from Safe Work Australia: http://bit.ly/IXXHt3

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Psychonauts are Changing the Drug Distribution Model

Have you heard of psychonauts? Chances are the answer is “no” because they are people who are doing things sensible people would not even Employee Drug Testingconsider attempting. Psychonauts is modern vernacular for people who test illicit designer drugs, justifying their actions in one of two ways. Some say they test the drugs so they can document and describe the effects and then let others know in online forums how it went in terms of physical and mental effects. The rest of the psychonauts admit they just want to experience new “mind blowing” experiences. In either case, they are sad people who are risking their lives to take dangerous drugs just for the fun of it.

What does this have to do with employers and the workplace? First, there is no doubt there are psychonauts who are employed since the majority of Australian drug users work. However, another important fact learned from psychonauts is the fact they are very modern drug users and dealers utilising a new drug distribution model. The psychonauts operate entirely online, buying and selling drugs on the internet and reporting the results of drug use in forums and chat rooms. They bypass traditional distribution systems like buying from street dealers. The only positive thing that comes out of their use of online forums and chat rooms is that it gives law enforcement opportunities to gain insights into the illicit drug market that they could not get otherwise. Law enforcement regularly monitors social media to detect new trends in drug use.

Not Who You May Think They Are

In reality, there are mixed stories on the extent of online drug purchases by Australians. Some studies indicate a growing problem, whilst others report the market has stabilised. Last month, a senior lecturer in epidemiology at the University of New South Wales and a Research Officer at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, also at the University of New South Wales, conducted a survey on the topic. It found that the number of online drug retailers is growing, but a small percentage, only 3 percent, of Australians purchase their illicit drugs online. The researchers conducted the survey of online drug marketplaces during the period August 2012 to February 2013.1 The percentage is believed to be small because of Australia’s location and difficulties associated with shipping illicit drugs into the country without detection.

Despite education programs, many people continue to assume that drug addicts are easily identifiable and likely to be more like a street person than a professional working in an office. That assumption is wrong, which is why it is so important to have drug and alcohol testing programs in place in the work setting. There is no such thing as a typical drug user anymore. In fact, the psychonauts tend to be university-educated, young people who are good at understanding chemical combinations. They often buy synthetic drug ingredients and compounds through the post.2 The government move to ban all synthetic drugs that are psychoactive is changing once-legal purchases into illegal ones. However, either way it is safe to say that people enjoying the highs of synthetic drugs will eventually use traditional illicit drugs. Once again, employers need random drug and alcohol testing in the workplace because drug users commonly use more than one illicit drug.

Bypassing the Street

In the traditional drug testing model, the drug ingredients are grown by farmers and sold to manufacturers. The manufacturer finds exporters who have a delivery system in place for getting the drugs into various countries. The importers have groups of upper-echelon dealers who have established a system of street dealers. The street dealers are the people actually selling to the end-users. The psychonauts are skipping most of the steps simply by using the post to buy drugs directly from manufacturers.

Psychonauts are supremely confident, which is why they feel free to report illegal activities online. They seem to have forgotten they are human and subject to the same addictions as other people, no matter how many fastidious records they keep on synthetic compounds. Banning synthetic drugs and making them illegal will at least give the legal system the right to prosecute when the psychonauts get caught. In the meantime, employers need to continue religiously using high-quality drug and alcohol testing supplies like those CMM Technology (cmm.com.au) has designed specifically for workplace applications.

Resources:

  1. Lucy Burns and Joe Van Buskirk. (2013, August 1). Shedding light on online stores for illicit and synthetic drugs. Retrieved from The Conversation: http://bit.ly/J7vq2N
  2. Greg Bearup. (2013, July 6). Synthetic drugs scourge spreads. Retrieved from The Australian – National Affairs: http://bit.ly/JL8FD9

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Ice in the Office

Drug Free WorkplaceAn electric staple through a thumb many not get a lot of attention (who has not stapled their finger at least once in life), but getting a tie caught in a shredder can get downright dangerous. These are the types of office injuries that do not get a lot of thought because the first one seems painful but minor, and the second one does not happen very often (as far as we know). However, each of these white collar injuries sustained in office settings usually lead to medical expenses and lost productivity as the injured, and those around them, deal with the injury or emotional trauma. The first real-life incident involving the stapler was attributed to fatigue, whilst the worker who got his tie caught had been drinking during lunch.1 That is not the end of the story because a taking a sleeping pill the night before and having two drinks at lunch are stereotypical pictures of office worker drug use. The reality is that drugs like meth amphetamine (ice) are increasingly used by all workers, including white collar employees, smashing the stereotypical image of a drug offender.

Using words like “crystalline” and “ice” to describe a form of meth seems so deceptive, and that is the point. Calling a dangerous drug by a nice-sounding name is a diversionary tactic appealing to the emotions. Anyone who has not seen the pictures of what crystalline methamphetamine does to the body will be shocked by its effects. Ice is a powerful, destructive drug that causes hallucinations, body sores, psychosis, paranoia, weight loss, and a host of other problems. An office worker can use the drug for a while, but eventually the symptoms will become painfully obvious to others and loss of job is inevitable. Until that point is reached, office workers addicted to meth are just as likely as the lunch-drinker and the sleeping-pill taker to get injured at work.

Bad Decisions All Around

Every job requires being alert. It is wrong to think that office employees are not subject to injury risks. Though jobs in the mining, construction, and aviation industries have a higher safety-risk, there are millions of dollars in unaccounted productivity losses due to on-the-job drug and alcohol use. There are arguments made against drug and alcohol testing of office workers because they have a reduced risk of injury. Those arguments make little sense to the co-workers of substance users who are subjected to injury also. How many co-worker fingers have been slammed in drawers or how much equipment has been started before it was safe to do so because someone was on drugs or had been drinking during business meetings? In fact, it is interesting to speculate on the number of bad business decisions that have been made by substance users.

Much more dangerous are drug and alcohol employees who drive to meetings with co-workers in the vehicle. Drug users and addicts no longer fit any particular stereotype, and ice can be added to the list of common drugs used by office workers. There is now widespread recognition that offices might be turning into safe havens for drug dealers because employers see these positions as low safety risk jobs and thus drug and alcohol testing is not as frequent. Law enforcement staff members recently attended training session on identifying ice users because of the rapid growth in the meth market. The Department of Justice hopes that better training will help them identify the sources of meth and other drugs. One of the places targeted as a possible drug dealing venue is the innocuous office setting.2

Nothing Quick About Drugs and Alcohol

As the rates of illicit drug use and alcohol abuse grow, it is clear that substance abuse testing will apply as much to the office as it does the mine or construction site. Any employee under the influence presents a risk of injury to themselves and to others. One drink on an empty stomach or a quick ice fix to get through the day can lead to problems that last a lifetime. Drug and alcohol use, including ice, is pervasive, and those who deny this fact are not admitting the reality of the situation.

There are many types of supplies and equipment for drug and alcohol testing that are suitable for use in office settings. CMM Technology (cmm.com.au) professionals can help office managers select the right saliva testing and breathalyser equipment to support a zero tolerance workplace.

References

  1. Melissa Davey. (2012, January 9). Drug tests find favour in white-collar sector. Retrieved from The Sydney Morning Herald: http://bit.ly/1cTluFt
  2. Merran Reed. (2013, November 5). New plan to tackle ice use. Retrieved from Bendigo Advertiser: http://bit.ly/1kXM3KK

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Drug & Alcohol Policy is Corporate Social Responsibility in Action

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is a leader in establishing “…higher standards of safety…” and in actively engaging and interacting Urine Drug Testwith the “…wide aviation community…” The organisation has three goals that include establishing “comprehensive, consistent and effective regulation to enhance aviation safety,” good governance, and effective relationships with the aviation community. CASA also hires a number of safety-critical personnel and developed a strategy that focuses on ensuring the workforce understands its obligations and accountability.1 Social responsibility is a comprehensive concept that addresses organizational responsibility to all of its stakeholders. Many activities are associated with social responsibility, including charitable contributions, reducing environmental impacts, and maintaining a substance free workplace.

Developing drug and alcohol policies and procedures and implementing a random alcohol and drug testing process are two of many strategies that contribute to exercising social responsibility. The employer has a responsibility to ensure the health and safety of workers, and to ensure that the workers are as productive as possible and producing quality products and services. However, corporate social responsibility is about a lot more than just how people act while at work. It is a principle that should be embedded in the business culture, brand, reputation, and even human rights.

Respecting Human Rights in Many Ways

The Australian Human Rights Commission outlines the everyday best practices in a business that respects the human rights of workers and the communities in which the business operates. The Commission’s Fact Sheet 3 explains the best practices for Human Rights as a component of the larger social responsibility principle in the extractive industry.2 Human Rights have several areas of concern where risks are created when the rights are not protected. One of those areas is under labour practices. The Commission writes, Extractive companies, like all other employers, have a responsibility to make sure that employees enjoy fundamental labour rights like a safe workplace, a living wage, non-discriminatory work practices, and collective bargaining.”2 The workplace drug and alcohol policy and procedures address two of the four areas mentioned – safe workplace and non-discriminatory work practices.

Australian employers know they have a duty of care to maintain a safe environment. It is a corporate responsibility and a social responsibility, and an important step in the process is keeping drugs and alcohol out of the workplace. However, a zero tolerance policy is usually not thought of as a human rights responsibility, though it should be.

In addition, the random drug and alcohol testing program supports the non-discriminatory work practices responsibility. The program is designed to randomly test employees without regard for their gender, race, or age. The testing of safety-sensitive workers outside the random testing is also non-discriminatory because the testing is based on job responsibilities and not on any personal characteristics. The procedures protect workplace safety which means they protect the safety of co-workers, yet another Human Rights issue.

Matter of Dignity, Respect, Security and Health

The Australian Human Rights Commission has developed additional fact sheets for the finance, retail and manufacturing sectors. The Commission defines Human Rights as “…promoting and protecting the values of respect, dignity and equality for every person…” Included on the list of things businesses can most impact are the right to life and security of the person and the right to health. The drug and alcohol policy goes right to the heart of these Human Rights factors. It is a business best practice meant to keep workers secure and to help them stay healthy. CASA is just one example of an exemplary Australian organisation that understands the connection between Human Rights, social responsibility, and a substance free workplace. There are many in Australia, and every business needs to join the effort to protect the health and safety of their workers.

Businesses have a social responsibility and managing a quality alcohol and drug testing program is one way they meet that responsibility. CMM (cmm.com.au) can play an instrumental role in helping employers administer a quality program by providing high-tech supplies and equipment that make drug and alcohol testing safe and accurate.

Resources

1 CASA. (2012). Corporate Plan 2012-13 to 2014-15. Retrieved from Civil Aviation Safety Authority: http://bit.ly/19eOTLH

2 Good practice, good business: Fact Sheet 3 – The Australian mining and resource sector and human rights. (2013). Retrieved from The Australian Human Rights Commission: http://bit.ly/1fpaT4Z

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Australia is Player in the Global Addiction Burden

Saliva Drug TestAustralia has a long history of economic success and can boast of having a fascinating and unique culture. It is exceptional in every way, including its geographic location and natural environment which sets it apart from the rest of the world. However, Australia is a global player in every regard, including in its contribution to the global economy, its importance in preserving a diverse ecology, and its role as a gateway to a burgeoning Asia. Unfortunately, it is also a player in a global addiction burden that limits what the nation is capable of achieving in numerous ways. Addiction increases crime rates and disease rates, and it also lowers productivity. It is good to step back at times, take a more global view of the use of illegal drugs and acknowledge that Australian employers are key players in the effort to protect the country’s residents from the tragic consequences of a growing illicit drug market.

The best way to assess Australia’s global status is to consider the statistics. The Australian Crime Commission’s report titled “Organised Crime in Australia” presents a grim picture. The Commission made a conservative estimate that organised crime is a $10 billion industry in Australia. It came to the conclusion that a large segment of organised crime is related to drug smuggling and the marketing of illicit drugs. The Commission also reported that at least half of Australian criminal activity is connected to illicit drugs. Smuggled drugs include ecstasy, amphetamines, methamphetamines, cocaine, cannabis, and heroin. In other words, the country has become a major market for international drug trafficking. Heroin is largely coming from south-east Asia and West Africa, though new sources have been emerging. At the time of the report, Germany, Canada, and Nigeria were the main embarkation points for cocaine.1

A Matter of Statistics

Employers can readily use these numbers as justification for drug testing in the workplace. The only reason that drug smuggling to Australia is growing is because there is a growing local market for the illicit substances. That increases the likelihood that one or more employees are using drugs in any workplace. It is all a matter of statistics. The drugs in the workplace may have originated in distance locations, but many of them end up in local businesses.

Globally, an estimated 149 to 271 million people around the world used illicit drugs in 2009. The drugs included opioids, cocaine, amphetamines, and cannabis. Up to 21 million people injected drugs, and in Oceana that number was 193,000.2 Australia is one of the few countries that tracks trends in the use of specific forms of drugs. Since so many countries do not survey for drug use and dependence, it is difficult to get reliable global numbers. However, the statistics that are available leave no doubt that Australia is considered an established market for illegal drugs.

As is true for other high-income countries, drug use is on the rise in Australia, and that increases the likelihood of health consequences. The adverse health effects have been divided into four major categories by researchers. They are: acute toxic effects which include overdose; acute effects of intoxication which include violence and accidental injury; the adverse health effects of sustained drug and alcohol use, which include chronic diseases, blood borne viral and bacterial infections, and mental disorders; and dependence.3 Each one of these health effects is detrimental to worker productivity and workplace safety and increases the cost of health insurance.

The relationship between drug and alcohol use and health issues like mental disorders are not always apparent to employers. For example, there is an established link between substance abuse and depression, and depression is the fourth leading cause of Australia’s disease burden.4 The employer may not realise a worker is making many mistakes at work due to experiencing depression as a symptom of drug abuse. A random drug test is the only legal and impartial means for detecting the presence of illicit drugs in a worker’s system.

A Broader Perspective

The statistics give perspective to Australia’s global position in the world of substance abuse. Keeping an eye on the broader perspective makes it easier to remember that a substance free environment benefits workers, the workplace, Australia, and the global community of which it is a member.

A drug and alcohol testing program represents a reliable monitoring system that works to keep illicit drugs and alcohol out of the workplace. CMM Technology (cmm.com.au/index.php) supplies businesses with quality products and professional services across industries.

Resources

  1. David Perrin, Australia’s $10 billion industry – organised crime, (2 May 2009) News Weekly. Accessed October 20, 2013 at http://bit.ly/1bSeZ4K.
  2. Louisa Degenhardt and Wayne Hall, Extent of illicit drug use and dependence, and their contribution to the global burden of disease. Retrieved October 28, 2013 from The Lancet: http://bit.ly/JFdj4V
  3. Babor TF, Caulkins J, Edwards G, et al. Drug policy and the public good. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010
  4. C. D. Mathers, E. T. Vos, C. E. Stevenson, S. J. Begg, The Australian Burden of Disease Study: measuring the loss of health from diseases, injuries and risk factors. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Canberra, ACT. The Medical Journal of Australia 2000, 172(12):592-596.

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The Age of Love

If you have workers who are abusing drugs and alcohol and who are past their middle age, then you may be looking at latecomers to the “summer Urine drug testof love,” the hippie movement which spread worldwide, promoting community prosperity and peaceful exchange of many things, not the least of which happened to be rampant amounts of sex. Of course, not all addiction goes hand in hand with sex. We are simply referring to a period of time and a subculture which grew into something quite unstoppable, affecting the next two decades of global culture.

The age of love was never supposed to last forever, but it certainly lasted long enough to help a generation and a half become addicted to the idea that drugs and alcohol aren’t really problematic, as long as you take them in reasonable amounts and don’t overdo it. Of course, in the workplace environment, this concept is inaccurate, which is why employee drug testing has skyrocketed in the past two decades.

There is a lot to turn over and examine closely when it comes to which initiatives are productive and which aren’t. In today’s society, there will always be a need for alcohol tests and drug testing, but the truth is that neither the users nor the examiners can really have a sure advantage over the other. The truth is that there will always be abuse and there will always be regulations intended to limit this abuse.

The age of employee drug testing is several decades removed from the age of love, but it serves a purpose in freeing companies to work like they want to work. There is a finality in the way that businesses are now able to control who is able to work there and who isn’t. Every private organization has this right, of course, but businesses can now really monitor their employees through drug testing and other screening tests. That is a real movement forward when it comes to progress. Both ages brought about progression and change, and both serve functional purposes. This, however, is the age of investing in high quality drug test equipment, and we advise you to get it from us. Call CMM Technology today: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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Taking Time to Talk

Urine drug testTalking is something that only about a quarter of the population is very good at. For those of you who are talkers out there, keep this in mind when trying to get someone else to be as talkative as you are. It really is only a quarter of the population who can pull this off with any degree of talent.

However, even among those who avoid being around people because they prefer their privacy or one on one time, talking still counts. As long as it is in private and just between themselves and another person, it can be quite effective. Hardcore introverts find it easy to talk when they feel comfortable with the person with whom they are talking.

Taking time to talk is the subject of this article and even hardcore introverts like to specifically take time out of the day or their schedule to talk with each other. With introverts, it tends to be a little more “planned” than with extroverts, but it is time taken, whatever the case. All of this means that people who take the time to talk often do it because it makes them feel better. This is the human connection with which we are all familiar. All of us need it, no matter our personal preference for degree of interaction. We all need that human touch: the ability to feel close to another person while on this journey on earth.

In the workplace, this connection is still needed and it is fostered only when people can have normal, healthy, emotional reactions to each other. Drug abuse is only a severance of this connection. Alcohol abuse only makes this connection more distorted. It is only through employee drug testing that you can begin to see who is severing these ties and who is still upholding them. People still naturally seek connections, so all of us succeed in this manner to some degree. However, if someone is not fit for duty, they are certainly not fit to uphold these human interactions. To find out more about the drug test equipment CMM Technology provides, give us a call today at: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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People Skills

We all have people skills, but to varying degrees and in widely varying areas. For instance, we may like to have one on one chats with someone Urine drug testwith whom we are very close, or we may like to be the center of attention in a large crowd. There may be a great deal of verbal information movement within a group of people, or there may be almost no movement of information because the people involved prefer to keep to themselves.

People skills are what make an employee marketable and what makes their leadership abilities really shine. Without these abilities, companies would be run by individuals who know how to run numbers but who have no idea how to engage and motivate their teams.

In business, people skills are developed to different degrees, and employee substance abuse is more likely to happen at the lowest levels of the business, among workers who are unskilled or just starting out. When it comes to disagreements or ways of handling bad news, those cannot do it are usually the ones who are abusing substances on the side. The correlation between the two is high because people feel better and have far less stress when they are surrounded by a strong support system of people who love and care about them.

Naturally, you need to be able to assess this for yourself, and that is why CMM Technology brings you high quality alcohol tests and other screening tests from our business. We also provide a high quality breathalyser recalibration service, for which we are NATA accredited. For these reasons and many more, we invite you to experience our business and our products for yourself. If you implement our drug test kits and find them high useful, like we do, then feel free to place standing orders with us to have your drug test equipment renewed on a regular basis and your breathalyser devices recalibrated. Now, we return to the people skills. No one really enjoys experienced screening tests, but at least your employees are being screened with the best equipment available to them, and that is something. Remember to tell your employees how much their employee drug testing program will help to protect them in the long run. Call CMM Technology today: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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Belief and Superstition

Belief and SuperstitionSuperstition is the belief in our lives being controlled by external circumstances. While many people, to a much lesser degree than witch doctors or sorcerers, believe in superstition, it must be maintained that our power for creative control comes from within ourselves, not from external sources of inspiration, wildness, darkness, power, or resource management. All of our knowledge and wisdom on this earth comes from within us.

When businesses seek to control workplace liability through the use of employee drug testing, the truth is that liability cannot be completely controlled. We are not able to control the minds of man, and so our thinking needs to be adjusted a little bit. We are able to manage the situation within our businesses and deal out consequences if needed. It is a matter of quality control and professional behavior that is truly violated by employee substance abuse on the jobsite.

Superstition is the belief that external things control our abilities and, to many people, employee regulation is considered to be control, but that is not the case. Workers will still do whatever they want and employers will still take whatever action they deem is necessary regarding the workers. In truth, people can influence each other, but no real control can really be taken. You can control which employees enter your business and work for you. But then, that choice is your own.

The need for drug testing in order to make these executive decisions is why CMM Technology runs such a thriving business. Our drug test kits and alcohol tests are both part of the overall drug testing in Western Australia, but our customer service and the quality of our screening tests are what sets us apart from our competition. We are devoted to bringing strong evaluative tools to your company and to giving you the data you need to keep your business running smoothly, efficiently and with proper protection of your assets. This is business, after all. We recommend our very popular Rapid STAT saliva drug tests, as well as our Lifeloc FC10 breathalyser device. Naturally, we believe in the power of information to give you good decision making opportunities. Let us give that to you now. Call CMM Technology today: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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A Child’s Laugh

Here at CMM Technology and our blog, we often discuss workplace safety and how employees should be screened for potential alcohol or drugA Child’s Laugh abuse while on the jobsite. However, we often deal with subjects which have to do with the personal responsibility and accountability taken by adults. It is simply not a subject which lends itself to the topic of children.

Children are hurt by drugs and alcohol, too. Also, they sometimes abuse them, without anybody else knowing this.

People who begin drug or alcohol abuse as children have started to alter their minds before their minds even began to be developed. That is really bad, and it carries repercussions much later in life.

You see, people don’t fully reach adulthood in their minds until around the age of 23 or 25. That means that, for every legal adult out there, there is still a lot of people who are not fully developed in their brains, and so therefore are not as mature as they could be in a few years.

And, if those people began substance abuse as kids, then the damage could possibly have permanent or extremely long lasting brain damage to their young minds. Children often abuse drugs or alcohol if they are not watched carefully by their parents and if their parents or someone in authority they know often drinks or does drugs. Obviously, this is a situation where an example is being set for them and, being children, they are trying very hard to live up to the expectations of their adults.

In the workplace, people have suffered from childhood substance abuse are not as likely to be in high level positions, because leadership requires a great deal of cognitive skill and activity. However, it is still possible. It becomes even more possible if they have not continued their drug or alcohol abuse into their adulthood.

That is one of the myriad of reasons why we here at CMM Technology distribute high quality drug test kits and alcohol breathalyser devices. Our Rapid STAT saliva drug tests are also quite useful. When you need to implement some employee drug testing, remember your friendly neighbors over at CMM Technology: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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