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The Power of a Smile

synthetic cannabis drug testA smile tells you so many things about a person. You can tell if it’s sincere or fake. You can tell if it’s angry or repressed. You can tell if it’s warm or excited. A smile does so much for the people around you. Sometimes, a kind word or a comforting gesture is not what is needed, but a warm, loving smile that tells them that you are fine with them and with where everything is, just as it is.

Of course, smiles can be used in office politics and in other examples of workplace drama. It’s necessary to keep things in line with drug testing, so that you know if anyone is taking the subject of drama a little too far in business. That is why many businesses in Australia use CMM Technology for their drug test equipment supplier.

We are accredited by NATA for breathalyser recalibration, and we are proud of the quality control we have in this process. On top of that, we are proud of the quality of each line of our products, from urine drug tests to oral fluid drug tests, not to mention the alcohol breathalyser devices. Lifeloc FC10 is one of our more popular products. And when it comes to implementing these various pieces of equipment, we return to the subject of smiling. There is something so powerful, so entrancing, and so engaging and relieving in the quality of a smile. People do not understand how important it is to always have a big and sincere smile on their faces when they are meeting the challenges of the business world.

Today, you can take advantage of the quality products at CMM Technology and, on a more personal note, you can take advantage of this friendly reminder to smile when handling your company’s business. It pays off in so many ways. It is this careful attention to detail which helps us deliver the right quality of drug testing products to your door. If you would like to know more, remember to visit our website and to go ahead and give us a call to place an order: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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Taking In All That Is Good

synthetic cannabis drug testWe are told from the age of young childhood that we should help other people and be generous and that we should not be selfish or entirely self serving. Of course, that can lead to an extreme mentality where a person doesn’t feel comfortable accepting good things from other people. They may even feel guilty for taking on good things or accepting favors or even acknowledging tokens of good will, since they are terrified of being seen as pompous or lordly.

Of course, everything must be done in season and in measure, but most people are not always aware of what is reasonable and what is extreme behavior or what are extreme thought habits to have. Taking in all that is good is a good thing. It means being willing to use those things and not always giving them away again. It is part of being a good steward, and we all know that good stewards don’t seek to get rid of everything they have all of the time. They seek to find purpose for their resources and productivity for their stores and blessings.

When you order drug test equipment from CMM Technology, we know that you are taking process in one of the oldest and most time honored traditions of employee evaluation in modern times. We set a priority on our drug test kits and alcohol tests so that we only provide the best equipment for each subcategory of urine drug tests, saliva drug tests, or personal breathalyser devices. Of course, we are also NATA accredited for our breathalyser recalibration service.

What could be better? Taking in all that is good is…good! We know that you want to be able to check on your employees without getting into emotionally charged arguments with your managers about whom they prefer and who was on time. No, it is better to use science and get the basic minimal information about their compliance with company policy without all of the office drama. So, when you are looking for a breathalyser, like our Lifeloc FC10, remember that CMM Technology distributes our drug test kits all over Australia and to select countries outside of our great nation. Call us today for more information: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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The Time of Your Life

medix integrated pro-split 6+6 cupWhen you are going out for a good time in the evening, sometimes you will be tempted to break loose and truly have the time of your life. Sometimes, work and family and daily tasks can become so monotonous that you only want to have the time of your life and you don’t care who or what tries to stop you.

There is a reckless abandon in your thought process, and you are ready to delve deep in the world of partying, drinking, drugs, and celebration. You are ready to make like Bacchus and indulge in all of the revelry you can.

Remember to do two things while you are on your binging night out.

First, be sure and live it up, because tomorrow you will have to return to your normal days, and you will want to have got all of the celebration out of yourself before that begins.

Secondly, be sure to put guidelines in place to protect yourself and others while you are out on the town. Make sure there is a designated driver or that you have money for a taxi at the end of the night. Make sure that you drink plenty of water or tea so that you can avoid a hangover the next morning. And, if you are married, it would be wise to finish up the night with some food to soak up some of that alcohol for when you return home to your beloved. Either do that, or take them with you when you go out to party.

At the end of all of this, you have to be able to return to your steady, safe life, and you must be able to hold it steady for your family and yourself. If you don’t get everything out of your system, though, you may be tempted to return to your party lifestyle. “Whatsoever your hand finds to do…” you know. In retrospect, our decisions may seem genius or they may seem foolish, but a little bit of planning can at least make them sound.

Implement this little bit of planning in your own business, with CMM Technology and our love of workplace safety. Order our drug test equipment, like our Alere DDS2 saliva drug test, and breathalyser devices, like our Lifeloc FC10 Plus. We will help you keep your company safe, so that you can run it any way you like: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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Bringing Home the Bacon

Bringing Home the BaconOkay, so when a man (or woman) brings home the bacon, he is said to be appropriately providing for his household. Now, this means that he has gone out and used his time to bring in money and other resources to benefit his family and keep everyone living in comfort.

In your company, you are essentially the person who brings home the bacon, so to speak. You provide for your business, your employees, and your resources by managing them all really well, keeping track of expenses, making sure that the whole business (or family) follows the rules, and by providing both paychecks and training for your workers.

Now, your employees need to be able to come to work (live in their peaceful home) without actually having to worry about being bullied or emotionally drowned in negativity all of the time or being physical afraid from those who make sure that they themselves are out of control. This is true for any family type of situation.

Well, there’s nothing you can do about a particular circumstance if you don’t have the facts, and if your business retains over six employees, it can be pretty near impossible to know what is going on with barely any of your employees, much less all of them, to enough of an extent to determine who is being hurt by a situation. Onsite drug testing keeps everyone feeling comfortable by screening them at work, but it also provides them with a way of giving you scientific data which you will need to have sooner or later.

If you already have a drug testing program, understand that you can buy drug test equipment, like our Rapid STAT saliva drug test, at any time from us. CMM Technology provides the drug test equipment for many companies throughout Australia and select countries, because we specialize in making your workplace a smoothly running household. You’re in charge. You control the stakes. You determine what happens.

We provide NATA accredited breathalyser recalibration. Make sure that nothing happens for very long which is outside of the law or outside of company policy. For more information or to place an order with our fabulous staff, call CMM Technology today: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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A Job Well Done

BreathalyserNot many of us have experience with the concept of “a job well done,” but most of us have heard this expression from well wishing parents or authority figures who desire the best for us. Doing a job well seems pretty self explanatory, but we all know workers who just do the minimum effort required before sloughing off to do whatever they want. There is no pride in their work and there is no high standard set for themselves toward which to strive.

Many employees find it difficult to always maintain a tidy countenance or disposition toward their work, but this is precisely what was meant by our parents who wanted us to have “a job well done.” They knew, in their hearts, that if we could manage that, then we could make, produce, and be anything we ever desired to. But, not everyone understands this principle, and drug abusers and alcoholics are the ones who are most likely to skip out on their jobs. Why is this so?

The answer lies in the fact that they are already unable to handle their lives as they currently lead them. They are already stressed out and overwhelmed by their lives that the thought of doing work well seems to be more trouble than it is worth. It would involve bringing higher stress and more pressure upon themselves, which is not something they are naturally inclined toward. If they were inclined toward this type of self strengthening, then they would not need the influence of drugs or alcohol to weaken their stress or to blunt certain attitudes which rise up almost by themselves in their own chests.

CMM Technology has distributed many adulterant tests in our drug test kits, all throughout Asutralia, and our devotion to high quality screening tests is shown in the demand which our customers have for our goods on a regular basis. Employee drug testing is difficult enough without using sub-standard equipment, but CMM Technology’s drug test equipment is strong, durable, resilient, and highly accurate. We have breathalyser recalibration services accredited by NATA. That way, you can focus on the number in your employee data, without having to worry about the readings. As always, give us a call if ever you need anything: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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One Change Leads to Another – Tweaking D&A Policies and Procedures

One Change Leads to Another – Tweaking D&A Policies and ProceduresOnce drug and alcohol (D&A) policies and procedures are in place, it is not unusual for employers to generally view them as fixed in stone. However, businesses experience changes on a regular basis. The changes are prompted by any of a number of events, including events in the economy, development of new technologies, and marketplace activities. Businesses expand, add new positions and locations, or discover in-house issues that must be addressed. Anytime a business makes significant decisions concerning operations or personnel, it is important to do a risk assessment and included in that assessment should be a review of the drug and alcohol policies and procedures to determine if they need updating.

It is not uncommon for businesses, especially smaller ones, to discover their D&A policies or procedures are out of date when an incident involving illicit substances or alcohol occurs. A common scenario involves an employer adding new safety sensitive positions and then failing to address those work activities in the D&A policy. Subsequently, a worker is injured due to substance use whilst on the job, and the employer wants to dismiss the person because of the seriousness of the act. There is a good chance the worker will file a complaint of harsh dismissal with the Fair Work Commission. The employer will probably spend thousands in legal fees and still lose if the policy is weak and has failed to establish a zero tolerance stance, did not specifically identify the position as safety sensitive, or does not have a clear disciplinary policy concerning workplace drug and alcohol use.

You Never Told Me…

Policies have important goals. They are designed to help employers meet legal obligations, promote consistent management decision-making, define behaviour expectations, and lay out the rules and consequences for violating the rules.1 When the policies are outdated or incomplete, they fail to achieve these goals. D&A policies should ensure that workers cannot say, “The policy did not include my position, “ or “The policy didn’t say I could be immediately dismissed, ” or “You never told me this position was considered safety sensitive.”

The sequence is that events, like adding new work activities, prompt a risk assessment. Employers do not have to wait for a particular though. Regular risk assessments should be conducted to make sure that all work activities that are particularly at risk of creating a hazard should workers use illicit substances or alcohol are identified. For example, positions that are asked to drive work vehicles or operate machinery are in safety sensitive jobs. Sometimes these types are duties are added to job responsibilities and can turn a non-safety sensitive job into a safety sensitive one.

A Dose of Reality

Incidences involving drugs and alcohol should also lead to immediate review of the D&A policies. Risk assessments conducted at any time lead to a review of the drug and alcohol policies and procedures. The pervasiveness of drugs and alcohol use in Australia creates conditions in which people are more sophisticated about getting the substances into the workplace. A security management firm in the U.S. wrote an article addressing this topic and pointed out that “..drug dealers in the workplace are becoming increasingly savvy and more difficult to identify. They may be long-time workers, new hires…or even temps…Yet many businesses…lack effective policies and training to prevent workplace substance abuse.”2

It may be tempting for Australian employers to be a bit complacent because of the geographic setting. However, what is happening in the U.S., Great Britain, France, and so many other countries is happening right here in Australia. No workplace is exempt from the threat of substance abuse.

No policy is set in stone because business conditions change. The important point is to manage risk and tweak policies and procedures to reflect the reality of the situation. Equally important is using high quality services like those provided by Mediscreen (http://mediscreen.net.au/) to ensure drug test screenings are as accurate as possible.

References

1Business Victoria. (21 February 2013). Human Resources Policy and Procedure Manual. Retrieved from Victoria Government: www.business.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/word…/hr_manual_template.doc‎

2 Michael A. Gips. (19 December 2012). High on the Job. Security Management. Retrieved from http://www.diversifiedriskmanagement.com/images/high-on-the-job.pdf.

3 Workcover New South Wales. (2006). Alcohol and Other Drugs in the Workplace. Retrieved May 11, 2011, from Workcover New South Wales: http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/formspublications/publications/Documents/drugs_alcohol_workplace_guide_1359.pdf

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Learning from the World Drug Report 2012

A discussion on the costs versus the benefits of the war on drugs has been going on for decades now. There are approximately 30,000 AustralianLearning from the World Drug Report 2012 in jail for drug offences or for crimes committed related to drugs. A fourth of violent crimes are connected to illicit drugs.1 The question of whether criminalising drug use makes sense is a question that concerns society, but not the workplace in terms of a zero tolerance policy. Drug and alcohol use in the workplace threatens the safety of workers, so it really does not matter if there is a war on drugs or not. There is absolutely no room in the workplace for them. However, what does matter to employers is that substance abuse is a problem that is getting worse, and not better. That is the main message of the World Drug Report 2012, and everyone working to control drug and alcohol use can learn from it.

The World Drug Report 2012 prepared by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is filled with disturbing information. There are approximately 230 million people around the world using illicit drugs at least once a year. It also reports that .2 million people die from using hard drugs like heroin and cocaine. Drug trafficking is globally connected, with drugs flowing from continent to continent, country to country, and region to region. Of particular interest to Australian employers are the contemporary characteristics and patterns of drug manufacturing and drug use and their implications for the workplace.

Implication: No Place Left Untouched by Illicit Drugs

For example, more young males living in urban areas are using psychoactive substances. The implication for employers: Greater importance of pre-employment drug testing for everyone, including persons who are Australian-born and immigrants or guest workers. Another fact of importance in the World Drug Report 2012 is that opiate production has fallen over the last century, but in its place has been a significant increase in the cocaine market. Implication for drug testing: Using a multi-panel drug test like the Oraline Saliva Drug Screen in the random drug testing program is important. Another finding was that Australia and the United States have something in common – they both have over 1 percent of their populations using opioids (heroin, opium and non-medical use of synthetic opioids).2

The report goes on to define the fundamental characteristics of the illicit drug problem and drug use. One out of every twenty people use illegal drugs at least once a year. Statistically, an employer with a hundred employees will have five illicit drug users (aged 15 to 64) in the workplace. Oceania has high usage rates of cannabis, cocaine and amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS), and ecstasy use is growing. Other interesting facts include:

Persons dependent on illicit drugs are not discouraged by price increases, but will increase usage if market prices decline

Illicit drug markets are not limited by borders and a global drug economy has formed

Production of cannabis and ATS is decentralised globally

90 percent of opiates are coming for South-West Asia which is the main source for Australia; the balance of opiates come from South-East Asia and Latin America

The main cocaine drug use markets are North and South America, Western Europe and Oceania

Australia estimates that illicit drug use annually costs 2.1 billion Australian dollars due to lost productivity

Implication: Random Drug Testing is Needed

This is just a brief summary of some of the highlights of the World Drug Report 2012. It is filled with detailed information concerning global patterns of drug production and use. Employers should read the full report to get an overall view of what is happening in the illicit drug world.

The implication of the report for employers is crystal clear: Random drug and alcohol testing remains critical to maintaining a safe workplace. The integrity of random drug testing programs depends on using quality, stringently tested products like those supplied by CMM Technology (cmm.com.au).

References

1 Michael Duffy. (2011, May 11). Winning the war on drugs: the costs. Retrieved June 27, 2013, from The Sydney Morning Herald – National Times: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/blogs/crime-and-punishment/winning-the-war-on-drugs-the-costs-20110510-1egbj.html

World Drug Report 2012. (2012, June). Retrieved June 27, 2013, from United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime: http://www.unodc.org/documents/data-and-analysis/WDR2012/WDR_2012_web_small.pdf

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Drug Testing and Financial Planning

Employee Drug Testing, Drug & Alcohol TestThe president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Michael Kaiser, discussed the power of financial planning recently in a blog post, stressing how organisations need to actually tie their strategic objectives in with their financial planning. He talks about how often financial planning becomes a bit like an organisation’s first business plan…done correctly, nice too look at, but set on a back shelf because nobody really believes in the change which will occur.

And why should they? Kaiser discusses how it is very easy to organize your strategic planning separate from your financial planning because in the past, many organisations simply do not see their financial books showing more than three or four percent higher in financial numbers due to strategy. Aggressive financial overhaul is done, performed, and then ignored because what the future numbers show in their projections are not consistent with the numbers from the past five years. Kaiser emphasizes the need to have faith and a minimum amount of belief in the wonderful changes which you are implementing.

This method applies when you are evaluating anything in your company, including your employee drug testing program. It does not do very much good to protect yourself legally and financially using employee drug and alcohol screening when you cannot see the change which this brings about. Now, obviously, it may be unwise to experiment with it by removing this protection, but it is still a good idea to keep documentation of previous years and years in which you used drug testing to see how it has helped you and benefitted your business. You may wish to also include reports about individual employees; who was fired, who was kept, and how productivity was changed and affected by that. Either way, documentation of before and after, as well as future projections, can show you how workplace drug testing is a positive financial move for you.

CMM Technology offers high quality drug tests and alcohol breathalyser tests, and we ship to many countries throughout the world, including our native Australia. Call us today: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-kaiser/the-power-of-financial-pl_b_1303605.html?ref=business&ir=Business

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Loneliness and Alcoholism

Chain Of Custody,Recalibration, Recalibration ServiceLoneliness is the primary reason why many previously normal people resort to full-blown alcoholism. Loneliness can be the result of a combination of low self esteem, low motivation, and incomplete or poorly developed social skills. This is why it is easy for a child of an alcoholic to grow up and be an alcoholic themselves. They only know how to interact with other drunks, and they are not comfortable developing social skills which step outside of these daily habits. Your employees should have minimum competency in self esteem, motivation and social skill, or they may be a liability to your workplace. While you can observe them carefully day in and day out, the easy way to make sure that they are fulfilling their work duties is to implement employee drug and alcohol testing.

Drug abuse breeds paranoia and loss of memory

When you are drug testing your staff members, be sure to keep your eyes open for any unnatural behavior. Often, employees develop symptoms of paranoia and memory loss gradually over time, so it can be difficult to discern whether or not they are behaving normally or are being affected by drugs or alcohol. Depression is another symptom of withdrawal. Workplace drug testing helps to prevent this while you are out of the office when you may not be able to keep an eye on things.

Alcoholism breeds desperation for company, love and understanding

No matter how tough or invincible we might feel when under the influence of alcohol, we feel very isolated and alone after the effect has worn off. As your employees abuse alcohol more and more outside of work, you will find that their behavior changes and that the extroverts are lonely and in need of friendship, and that the introverts withdraw even further into their own misery. While understanding and compassion are in order, it is even more important to act within the best interests of your business and of everyone whose livelihood depends upon the success of your business. That’s a lot of livelihoods.

Alcoholism can stem from initial loneliness, but it is the choice of the individual to remain drugged, and to remain alone. Workplace drug and alcohol testing protects your business from these unwise choices. Contact CMM Technology today: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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Dealing with Newly Alcoholic Friends and Coworkers

Drug & Alcohol Test, Drug & Alcohol TestingAlcoholism is a sickness which can eat away at a person’s lifestyle and relationships. If you know someone who has become an alcoholic, it is worth noting a few tips for how to deal with them. If they are your friend or family member or coworker, then you will probably be spending time with them, anyway. Since they may not necessarily act like themselves all of the time due to their alcoholism, here are some helpful hints on how to interact with them and be friends with them without falling victim to this disease yourself.

Recognise that they cannot be helped by you. The only person who can help an alcoholic is the alcoholic. Many people have tried, and failed, to rehabilitate a loved one themselves. And they have spent a great deal of time and money and effort and energy and heartache attempting this. Unless they choose to change themselves and do all of the work themselves, they cannot be helped.

Anticipate and create distance when necessary. Alcoholism rarely plateaus and gives you an even level playing field. In most cases, the alcoholic will continue to disintegrate until they have very little left or until they turn themselves around. For this reason, you must protect yourself and your friendship with them by creating distance between yourself and them when it is necessary. Keep in mind that, unless they alter their behavior, you will probably be creating more and more distance as time goes on.

Expect their behavior toward you to change. Alcoholism is an all-encompassing disease, and it affects everyone around it. Your friend may imagine that you are treating them with less than their due respect, they may become angry and even violent toward for no reason, and they may imagine scenarios with you in them which are not true. Their behavior toward you will change, because their ability to reason and remember correctly will be deformed. When they become antagonistic, that is a good time to quickly get up and leave.

They may not return from their sickness. If you love them, this fact will be especially hard to accept and believe. After all, surely they can return and be the friend that you know and remember so well. However, unless they take personal responsibility for their actions and actively turn their life around and work on it day by day, this may not happen. As much as you love and care about them, they may not come back.

Workplace drug and alcohol testing eliminates the need to decide all on your own which employees to let go. Drug testing allows you to present documented scientific evidence that they have a problem and are not employable by your company. It gives you a legal peace of mind. Call CMM Technology today to find out more about our quality drug tests: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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Landmark Fair Work decision supports drug and alcohol testing

Workplace Drug Test, Employee Drug TestingThe role of drug and alcohol testing has been strengthened by a landmark Fair Work Australia decision. A dispute over proposed testing of workers subcontracted to a major highway construction projectcast scrutiny over the rights of employers to conduct workplace drug tests.

Fair Work Australia has found that drug and alcohol testing in Australian workplaces is legal, even if it has not been spelled out in employment contracts.

The Full Bench of FWA found against a union-led case to prevent workplace drug testing at a civil construction project.

The decision was handed down on October 7, 2011 and strengthens the legal rights of an employer to insist on employee drug testing as part of OHS and duty-of-care requirements.

The case

Wagstaff Piling Pty Ltd; Thiess Ptd Ltd v Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union 2011 FWAFB 2892.

Major Australian construction, mining and services company Thiess required its employees and subcontractors to submit to random drug and alcohol tests under its comprehensive Fitness for Work policy.

When Thiess engaged engineering firm Wagstaff Piling as a subcontractor, it told its workers they would be required to undergo screening tests.

In May 2011 the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) told Thiess management that Wagstaff Piling employees were not expressly covered by the policy and would not submit to any on-site drug testing.

The dispute went before the Victorian Building Industry Panel, with 13 subcontractors arguing the drug and alcohol testing was in breach of relevant enterprise agreements. The main argument was there was no express reference made to drug and alcohol testing.

The Panel recommended alcohol and drug testing on the construction project cease. The case was then brought before Fair Work Australia which also found that drug and alcohol testing should not legally continue.

The appeal

An appeal was made to FWA on the grounds that workplace drug tests were required to meet OHS and welfare requirements. Wagstaff Piling argued that while drug and alcohol testing was not expressly permitted under the Victorian Building Industry Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy, neither was it prohibited.

The Full Bench found in favour of Wagstaff on the grounds that the lack of clear inclusion in industry policy and enterprise agreements did not lead to “a conclusion that… such testing is not permissible”.

Powerful precedent

The Full Bench decision sets a significant precedent, clearly acknowledging that mandatory drug and alcohol testing is a lawful and reasonable requirement even when not expressly contained in enterprise agreements.

Stricter OHS laws are arguably the impetus behindincreased employee drug testing, with the benefits outweighing the cost of drug testing.

Leading Western Australia-based alcohol, drug testing equipment supplier CMM Technology provides effective and non-intrusive testing solutions. For more information contact 1300 797030 or visit www.cmm.com.au.

Sources:

http://www.fwa.gov.au/FWAISYS/isysquery/6a169ecf-713e-4729-aa7c-f922eca945a4/1/doc/

http://www.fcbgroup.com.au/resources/publications/fwa-finds-random-drug-alcohol-testing-to-be-reasonable-11-october-2011-122.html

http://www.safetyinaustralia.com.au/safety-news/7235-mandatory-drug-and-alcohol-testing-not-precluded-by-cfmeu-enterprise-agreement.html

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