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Running Strong, Running Long

synthetic drug testingHuman beings are some of nature’s most gifted long distance hunters. In hunting tribes which hunt on foot, people in the tribe from the oldest to the youngest all outdistance the animals to catch their prey. Now, this is true for many different tribes the world over, and notice that we did not say that they outrun the animals. Rather, they outdistance them. By merely having more stamina than the animals, they are able to run them into the ground, quite literally.

Humans are known for being able to run strong and run long, in both a literal sense and a figurative sense.

They have far reaching talent in both stamina and non-stop endurance testing, and this translates into superb outdistancing hunting skills. We’re not even talking about using long distance rifles or anything like that. This is just a form of wearing the animal down.

As we look at what we are willing to endure in the workplace, we see some similarities with these foot hunting tribes. We see that we are willing to work overtime if we can get double or triple paid overtime. We see that we are willing to work labor intense jobs if it guarantees a certain lack of politics and a high paycheck. When it comes to bringing home the bacon, we are ready and willing to run long and run strong.

However, much of this is destroyed when we have coworkers who toke up during their lunch break or bring alcohol to drink during their break periods. Their sheer laziness doesn’t only annoy us, it makes us lose faith in our long term financial goals and plans. It makes us dread going to work and being around these types of people. You are attempting to be a money magnet, but their behavior is degrading and disrespectful.

Protect your employees from being around these kinds of workers by using CMM Technology’s drug test equipment and alcohol breathalyser tests in your drug testing program. We even have a breathalyser recalibration service which is accredited by NATA. All of this is meant to bring your business in line, not only with its own company policies, but with your company’s financial goals, too: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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This Day and Time

mouthpiecesLook out your office window, or out the window nearest to you. Just stop for a minute, and take a look outside. What time of day is it? The cool still notes of morning as the light is newly fresh, the warm haze of afternoon as you spend it lazily looking out, or perhaps it is evening or even dusk, and you see the crisp blackness touching golden streetlights outside.

This day and time are so beautiful. If you wanted to, you could probably stand at your window at the same time every day and get a similar experience, day after day.

In fact, that is what many poor dear people are doing, when they begin to abuse drugs or alcohol more and more. They are thinking toward a certain time of day, a certain feeling that they once had, a long time ago, and they are remembering it well.

They remember the feeling, and so they go to the right place, and wait for the right time. But, it may not feel like it did before. So, they take a little alcohol or drug to make them more sentimental, more open. The stillness deepens, but their awareness of it does not.

CMM Technology brings drug test equipment to Australia. We provide drug test kits, saliva drug tests, and urine drug tests to businesses all over Australia. We love doing business in this great country of ours. We love providing local companies with the resources they need to implement employee drug testing. Our NATA accredited breathalyser recalibration services can service even alcohol tests which you already have, not just our own. We also provide saliva and urine drug tests.

This day and time, stand at the window at your work. Remember that so many people want to make it big in business, but few of them make it because they are not ready to commit everything they have to one idea, one single idea, within a single time period. It is this which makes people unable to function correctly in business. CMM Technology puts your business and its priorities first. We know what your employees are worth: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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The Hard Losses and Steep Gains of Trial

Breathalyser Recalibration ServiceEvery time you suffer through a trial, you are gaining and losing things at the same time. What exactly are you gaining, and what exactly are you losing?

In terms of gain, you are getting more and more life experience, and you are seeing the world through a better perspective. By gaining these life experiences, you are putting yourself in a position to make wiser and less trial-inducing decisions in the future. You are also gaining knowledge of what you are capable of, as well as gaining more and greater internal strength with which to deal with other trials. For example, you may easily find yourself in a position where you did not expect yourself to survive or to survive as well as you have. This gives you future reference of what you are capable of, what not to do in the future from your own perspective (we all know that the perspective of other people may or may not work for us), and you will develop stronger internal muscles, as long as you don’t have to use them consistently all the time.

After all, research has shown that people who deplete their internal strength reserves need some time to pass to recuperate those reserves before they will be strong enough to play the game again. This means that you are far more likely to do well in work, in school, at home, with your family, and in relationships if you have plenty of reserve from which to draw. And that means that you need to take breaks from stressful situations and allow those reserves to refill so that you can plunge back in and get the job done even better this time around.

If your employees are not able to get refueling of their reserves between work and home, they may resort to drug abuse or alcoholism while on the worksite, or they may show up intoxicated by one or the other.

CMM Technology gives you the ability to look at their records and make sure that this is not going on inside your workplace environment. We provide drug test kits, alcohol tests, like our Lifeloc FC10, and NATA accredited recalibration services for your breathalyser devices. Make sure that your employees are not exposed to additional stress from each other: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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Dangerous Crossroads in Drug Testing

onsite drug testingThis article is for businesses which are just now getting into the whole employee drug testing schematic. We will be discussing perceptions about the drug testing which many business owners have when they first start using it.

First, there is no limit to how far your learning of this process may go. You may think you have all of the rules and techniques down pat, but more will probably be made known to you in the future. In other words, there are always more things to know about and a better perspective to obtain.

Second, this article is not meant to be patronizing at all. You see, we know that you may consider employee drug testing a tool to find out who is abusing drugs or alcohol in your business, and that once you have found out which employees are doing that and have dealt with them appropriately, you don’t need the drug testing anymore until you hire more employees. Well, this is not always the case because someone who has successfully got past a few drug testing periods may fail the next one and show their hand all at once. In these cases, you will be glad that you stuck with the continuous process.

Also, in addition to the above example, one or more of your employees may begin abusing substances while they are working at your company. If they have always tested clean before now and their test results change, well, you should know about that. So, you see, employee drug testing must, by its very nature, be a continuous process which continually screens your workers for any potential drug or alcohol abuse.

Recalibration services provided by CMM Technology are accredited by NATA. We also provide a wide range of drug test equipment, such as our Medix integrated pro-split cup 6+6 and our Alere DDS2 saliva drug test with reader. All of this equipment is meant to be handled with care and to be recalibrated, when appropriate, regularly. That is why having CMM Technology on your side can be so helpful. We can help you keep your employee drug testing a continuous, regularly scheduled process: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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Cold Practicalities in Our World

onsite drug testingWe have a lot of seemingly cold, inhuman practices in our world, but the truth is that many of those practices are based upon human needs. For example, it may seem cold at first to ignore dead bodies at the scene of a natural disaster, but in reality, it is far more productive to try to find any survivors rather than to bury the dead bodies right away. There is a practicality to the order of action taken, and it serves a very real purpose.

Sometimes, it is necessary to perform practical tasks which have a functional purpose, rather than going with our feelings or preferences. Sometimes, there is more benefit in function than in emotional release, at least temporarily. Now, in the end, emotional release will need to be dealt with, effectively and thoroughly. However, when it comes to the needs of the current situation, practicality wins over everything else.

Our world needs businesses which are able to employ happy, healthy, clear headed workers. However, some employees engage in drug or alcohol abuse, and this makes the whole structure weaker, because their disease and mental attitudes win out over the positive attitudes of several people around them. Even positive people can be easily drug down into the mud through influence.

Now, today, we have drug testing programs and companies which assist you with these programs. Also, we have companies like CMM Technology which provide you with drug test equipment and breathalyser alcohol tests. This means that you can have onsite drug testing without the inconvenience and hassle of sending your employees to a laboratory. Therefore, we ask you to look at the cold practicality of this system. Employees may not enjoy being screened for drugs, but practically speaking, your job is to protect them while they work for your business. Employee drug testing using our saliva drug tests and urine drug tests is the only solution for this problem. You must be well informed. Without that, you will not find yourself capable of making truly objective decisions. Give in to your practical nature and look at the drug test equipment that CMM Technology provides for you. We provide breathalyser recalibration which is accredited by NATA. And call us today: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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Being on the Wrong Side of the Law

Onsite drug testingIt has often been said, especially fifty years ago, that “once you go bad, you can never go back.” This statement arose as a conscientious acknowledgment of the fact that once people are on the wrong side of the law, they don’t often feel as if they can just erase their past by continuous good behavior. In other words, they think that one bad deed defines which side of the track they should live on, and that many multiple good deeds may or may not even make a difference to their record.

It is this mentality of always being bad and never being good enough which has kept many people in the criminal game for many years. What would you do if you knew that you had all of the power in the world and could do anything you wanted, both good and bad? Chances are, you’d happily settle for peace, contentment, strong family relationships, and having enough to eat every day. But, this is not the mentality that people in poverty or first or second time criminals possess. Rather, they believe that somehow they have crossed over an invisible line which then rises up and acts as a barrier to going back to the other side, the good side.

Of course, logically speaking, this is nonsense, but people are not logical, nor are they rational. Mental habits are something very powerful and we always act in accordance with our established mental habits. In fact, if anything seems to be threatening a habit of ours, we are more likely to pick the lesser option, but the option which most coincides with our habitual process.

This is what happens when employees bring drugs or alcohol to the workplace, even if they just show up drunk or high. They are breeding a different mental habit among the working population. They are breeding the habit of fear and loss and emptiness. Make sure your own workers are not “misbehaving” in this way. Use high quality drug test equipment from CMM Technology to get the scientific truth from them, and make sure that you also have your alcohol breathalyser devices recalibrated with our NATA accredited recalibrations services: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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Psychological Symptoms of Drug Abuse

employee drug testingMedical professionals have developed a host of terms in an effort to describe substance abuse. Technology has greatly advanced the understanding of the physical impacts, but theories like the biopsychosocial model reflect the fact that substance abuse involves more than biological factors. There are also cultural, social, and psychological factors involved in the use of drugs and in the display of their effects.1 On the use side, succumbing to peer pressure is a typical social factor and poor mental health could be a psychological factor. On the flip side, the symptoms of substance are also evident as biological, social, and psychological. Most are familiar with the physical and behavioural symptoms, but what are the psychological symptoms indicating substance abuse?

Beware of Assumptions

One thing is for certain – substance abuse is complex and so are its symptoms. Though there are common symptoms for each type of drug, no two people experience identical ones. That can make it difficult for people in the workplace to identify if someone is using drugs unless valid drug testing is done. It is easy to make the wrong assumptions, which is why managers must be thoroughly trained in properly responding to their suspicions. The psychological symptoms of substance abuse are some of the most difficult to identify as being related to substance abuse.

It is not too difficult to spot someone who has been drinking when the person begins slurring words and losing coordination. The physical symptoms are quite obvious. People using illicit drugs like cocaine frequently experience persistent runny noses and experience excessive sweating and chills. Behavioural symptoms are often easy to spot too. A drug user who previously enjoyed being around others will begin to avoid co-workers or work performance noticeably declines. However, someone who is anxious may be on cocaine, but is more likely to be under stress or have personal problems related to family or finances.

Only Drug Testing Tells the Truth

It is now recognised that there are psychological symptoms associated with substance abuse. For example, crystal methamphetamine or ice creates feelings of euphoria or excitement. Is the overly-enthusiastic employee using ice? Ice use can also lead to anxiety, depression, and tension.2 Is the anxious employee on drugs? Obviously the situations and the answers are not simple. Only workplace drug testing can definitively determine if someone is using drugs or alcohol. It is impossible to look at one symptom or one type of symptom and know if someone is violating the zero tolerance policy.

However, it is important to understand that substance abuse does have psychological symptoms and not just behavioural and physical ones. The psychological symptoms include:

  • Unexplained changes in attitude (key word is “unexplained”
  • Noticeable change in personality (personality does not normally change without some kind of trigger)Outbursts of anger at the slightest or no provocation (over-reacting)
  • Laughing at nothing (like the person is laughing at a private joke)
  • Sudden mood changes
  • Appearing mentally disoriented (“spaced out”)
  • Loss of motivation (in a person who was previously performed well)
  • Difficulty focusing or paying attention
  • Acting paranoid or extremely anxious for no reason
  • Becoming fearful for no reason
  • Becoming withdrawn

Most of the time drug users will exhibit a combination of psychological, behavioural and physical symptoms, and that is how managers are led to test for just cause. The most important step an employer can take to identify substance abuse in the workplace is by doing consistent onsite drug testing. There is simply no substitute for facts.

CMM Technology is one of the oldest suppliers of AOD products that are stringently tested to ensure they produce the correct results. Products include technology for alcohol testing, saliva drug testing, and urine drug testing.

References

  1. Debra Rickwood, Michael Crowley, Kyle Dyer, et.al. . (2005, April). Retrieved from Perspectives in Psychology: Substance Abuse: http://bit.ly/1fszVoi.
  2. Sandra Soldo. (2007, February). The ice epidemic. Police Journal , 12-13+. Retrieved from: http://bit.ly/1pOgTx0.

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Mistakes in D&A Testing DO Count

drug test equipmentEverything in life has risks and rewards, and workforce testing for drugs and alcohol is no different. The rewards of a substance free workplace include a lowered risk of accidents and injuries, higher productivity, and reduced health costs. The maximum rewards are only derived when the AOD program is managed correctly and legally. The risks, on the other hand, flow from failures to act. For example, management fails to develop a healthy workplace culture or the on site drug testing schedule is not followed. What are the other common drug testing mistakes that can quickly get employers in trouble?

Staying Off Shaky Ground

The first two common mistakes cover a broad area. First, the failure to develop a culture that discourages substance use and encourages ethical behaviour can raise the risk employees will use drugs and alcohol. There should be a positive culture that engages everyone in the organisation in the effort to keep drugs and alcohol out of the workplace. A poor workplace culture contributes to worker health problems like alcoholism and drug addiction.1 Developing a substance free culture has to start in the executive suite, flow down through the organisation and be regularly reinforced through messaging, employee resource groups, and worker training and development.

The second broad mistake is failing to have a written drug and alcohol testing policy. A corollary is failing to have a policy that meets federal and state or territory laws. Without a policy, employers stand on shaky legal ground in terms of enforcing a substance free workplace. In addition, the policy provides the consistency in the message delivered to employees and the responses should employees test positive to drugs.

List of Common Failures

Other common mistakes include the following:

  • Failing to follow the policy and procedures that were put in place
  • Using a company that is not AS4308 & AS4760 accredited for drug and alcohol testing
  • Failing to train managers in proper responses after developing suspicion an employee is using drugs
  • Failing to train employees on the policy whilst expecting compliance
  • Taking action on the first non-negative onsite drug testing results without obtaining confirmatory testing at an accredited laboratory
  • Not maintaining proper documentation that indicates the chain of custody for the sample
  • Breaching drug and alcohol testing confidentiality
  • Treating certain employees inconsistently, i.e. never test, test more frequently, ignore positive results, etc.

Small mistakes can lead to major employer problems. For example, The Australian Standard requires that certain protocols be followed concerning sample handling when there is a non-negative test result. If the employer fails to follow the Australian Standard, an employee is likely to claim the employer cannot “prove” anything (and is right).

Tell Me Again…

The drug and alcohol program needs the same attention to detail as other critical programs like compensation or job training. Workers should be thoroughly trained on the AOD policies and procedures. It is also just as important to share information that helps employees cope with workplace conditions and situations without turning to drugs or alcohol. The training has to be ongoing too. One more common mistake employers make is believing that telling a worker once, at the time of hiring, that drugs and alcohol are not allowed is all the training needed.2

Mistakes in D&A programs do count. To help employers avoid critical mistakes, CMM Technology supplies them with quality saliva testing, urine testing, and alcohol testing supplies. In addition, CMM Technology has the appropriate documentation that simplifies the recording process whilst assisting employers with meeting legal requirements.

References

  1. Australian Institute of Employment Rights. (2009). Preventative Health and Workplace Culture. Retrieved May 27, 2011, from Australian Institute of Employment Rights: http://bit.ly/R2EJ8n.
  2. Ken Pidd, Ann Roche & Michael White. (2011, October). Workplace Drug and Alochol Testing. Retrieved from NCETA and Flinders University: http://bit.ly/1rF47wr.

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Studied Thought and Concentration

Studied Thought and ConcentrationWe live in a world of Give Me Nows and I Can’t Waits. This is unfortunate, because it has destroyed our power of concentration. By this, I do not mean our levels of concentration, but our power of concentration. Concentration and studied thought has plenty of power. Not many people know this. Concentration is one of the most powerful tools you can have. It illicits strong neural patterns in the brain, which turn into actual reality by the concentrated usage of these thought patterns.

Concentration is one of the best ways to get what you want. If you are concentrated upon a certain subject, then you automatically see all things which are related to that subject or which could help you in your pursuit of that particular thing or event. All of this is to illustrate how powerful thought can be and how much you influence your business atmosphere by the programs you initiate. Employee drug testing is part of this process. Your workers see you as someone who takes your business seriously and as a guardian of it when you implement programs like drug testing. It shows strength and fortitude. How else can you determine if your workers are fit for duty? How else can you find out who is actively taking responsibility for their actions, and who isn’t? Screening tests make all the difference in the world and that is why CMM Technology is focused on bringing you the highest quality drug test equipment that we possibly can.

Alcohol tests, like our Lifeloc FC10 breathalyser devices, are in fully supply because they are a popular item. Likewise, our drug tests are well stocked because they make a difference in the employee evaluation techniques in many businesses in Australia. The difference is astounding. Onsite drug testing takes this a step further, but first you need the drug test kits. To learn more about what type of screening tests we offer and what might be right for your particular business plan, contact us today. Drop by our website or give us a call, but either way, be sure to ask us which products which are used by businesses like yours: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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Take Off Against the Wind

It’s pretty interesting that it was Henry Ford who said, “If everything seems to be going against you, remember that airplanes take off against theLifeloc FC10 wind, not with it.” Now, in order to properly have this kind of mindset, you shouldn’t have the mental attitude that everything is set against you and that the whole world rains down trouble on you every time you are about to get a good foothold.

That’s just self sabotaging, and furthermore it brings down the morale of everyone around you.

The way to truly grab hold of this “take off against the wind” mindset is to see each new challenge as something which will not continue forever, but which will go away in a timely manner if it is addressed right away.

Yes, you may also have fear or disappointment, but concentrating on the task at hand or focusing on the details of your project will help you to stay focused on your own productivity, not on your lack of fulfillment or reassurance in some manner.

When you look over the results from the drug test equipment you have purchased from CMM Technology, you will enjoy the amount of information which is now available to you. You know who is following company policy regarding drug or alcohol abuse in the workplace. You know who has repeat offenses in this area. You may even know a little bit about their background, and will therefore be able to ascertain if their abuse is likely to continue for very much longer, and if maybe they need a rest or break from work, rather than to be dismissed.

All of these matters will be in your mind while you look over the results from our Lifeloc FC10 breathalyser device, or our Rapid STAT saliva drug test, or any of our other equipment. You will be able to make a better plan to take off against the wind, to rise above seemingly negative circumstances, and to become stronger as a person yourself, while working hard to make sure that your business rises above the wind, rather than being sent into a tailspin. You are in control. Call CMM Technology right now: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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Dealing with Stress in Others

Dealing with Stress in OthersStress in other people is one of the most major causes for stress in people today. No, no, that does not mean that we can blame our problems on everyone else’s issues, but it does mean that we are acknowledging the fact that most of us care about other people. When someone in our lives is stressed out and cannot handle the situation they have been dealt, then we are told to give them comfort and support.

Of course, this is more difficult when they are stressing you out in turn!

What do you do in this situation?

First, realize that it is a bad idea to make any decisions while under the influence of emotions. Emotions are only meant to be measuring devices and they can really mess up cognitive thinking and logic. Therefore, it can be difficult to control them or to think rationally when in the grip of them.

Secondly, remember that stress and emotions are only temporary. Not everything will last when it comes to the emotional state you are in, and therefore acting on this stress can lead to a huge mess that you will have to clean up later.

Employee drug testing helps companies determine if employees are able to handle this stress appropriately or not. It’s a fairly straightforward concept that, if someone is abusing alcohol or drugs while at work or before going to work, they are unable to deal with the stress involved. It is also pretty certain that since they are abusing substances while on the jobsite, they are really not able to handle the workload you have for them.

Of course, different companies have different policies concerning what to do for employee drug testing. Here at CMM Technology, we think that the drug test equipment you have makes all the difference. We are NATA accredited for breathalyser recalibration, too. We provide alcohol tests and other screening tests to Australia, and we are proud of what we do. If you are in the market for drug test kits, we invite you to head on over to our website, check out our products, and maybe take a look at our Medix integrated pro-split cup 6+6. Call CMM Technology today: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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Drug Testing Equipment and Modern Man

Drug Testing Equipment and Modern ManDrug test equipment has, for many years, had to be on the front lines of modern technology. Lately, the process of detection has become so evolved that it does not take over complicated equipment to get it done. In fact, many companies prefer a simpler design which, in many cases, also turns out to have better technology and ability to read the data fed into it. Drug test kits have their own way of becoming difficult to read if the technology is not done in a way that is user friendly. Now, we have drug test kits which are easy to use and to understand.

A breathalyser recalibration service does more than that. It keep your alcohol test equipment in working order so that it can be reused and at the correct standard, something which is not possible with drug testing. Fortunately, we here at CMM Technology have a top notch breathalyser recalibration service (NATA Accredited), and we pride ourselves on our ability to bring both simplicity and accuracy together within the same equipment.

While our sister company, Mediscreen, handles onsite drug testing, we here at CMM Technology specialize in drug test equipment, alcohol breathalyser devices, and of course our NATA accredited recalibration service which services not only equipment we have sold, but also any breathalyser equipment you may still be using in your company.

Modern man has not yet perfected a technique to make drug testing a matter of just looking at someone and being able to tell, but we are modern enough to take advantage of some of the best quality drug test equipment in Australia. Now, when you are shopping around, be sure to think of CMM Technology. We know that you have a busy workplace schedule and that you have many tasks that need to be taken care of. You cannot afford to be working with old or outdated equipment which is ineffective. We recommend that you check out our website and consult us on what may be the best products for your company drug testing use. And, naturally, if you have any breathalyser devices which need to be recalibrated, we can do that, too. Call CMM Technology today: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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