Employee Breath Alcohol Testing: The How and Why

Employee Breath Alcohol Testing: The How and Why

More than 14 million people in the U.S. are estimated to meet the criteria for an alcohol use disorder. With numbers like that, the odds are that all of us know at least one person who struggles with excessive alcohol use. We all know how alcoholism can affect personal lives, but what about at work? The U.S. Department of Labor has reported that drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace causes 65 percent of on-the-job accidents and that 38 percent to 50 percent of all workers’ compensation claims are related to the abuse of alcohol or drugs in the workplace. Alcohol abuse in a work environment can be extremely detrimental to productivity and healthcare costs for employers. How can you make sure your business and your employees are kept safe from alcoholism? One easy preventative is by implementing Employee Breath Alcohol Testing for all new hires and/or current employees.

What is Breath Alcohol Testing?

  • Otherwise known as a breathalyzer test, BATs measure how much alcohol is in the air a person exhales into the testing device.

How does it work?

  • When alcohol is consumed, it is absorbed via the stomach and small intestine into the blood, then distributed throughout the body via the blood stream. This is what causes it to be detectable in exhaled air.
  • Breath alcohol tests measure the current level of intoxication and cannot detect past use. Anything above a 0.2 is considered a positive (for impairment) result.
  • Drinking 2 or more alcoholic beverages within the hour of testing will result in a positive test.
  • Those being tested exhale into a disposable mouthpiece and results are ready within about a minute.

Why should I use this for my business?

  • To send a clear message about what is and isn’t acceptable within your business and to set a precedent for random drug/alcohol testing of employees.
  • For current employees, to identify those who may need help so you/they can take the appropriate next steps.
  • To ensure applicants and employees are safe, for themselves, their coworkers, and your customers.

Where can I send my employees for a BAT?

Employee Breath Alcohol Testing is offered at all ProHealth locations, and we offer on-site and after hours testing. To set up your account or learn more, visit the button below to contact our staff. Results are ready within a minute or so and there are no hidden fees or expenses; all prices are transparent and listed on our website HERE.