InScience offers a a comprehensive service and can provide expert advice on best practice service providers of both oral and urine drug testing – from advising what is best for your company, to writing policy, educating staff and implementing best practice, through to delivery and compliance and helping business owners and managers to deal with tricky or sensitive situations.

Sometimes it is hard to know what the best drug testing method for your business is. Which drug testing specimen/process Urine or Oral Fluid (saliva)? How should the test be done? Do it yourself using your own trained employees? An independent service provider? Or would a combination of both be the best option? What drugs should you be testing for? When is the best time to test?

Drug testing in a workplace can be a very effective weapon for a workplace to target the risks posed by drug and alcohol impairment. It is a proven cost effective strategy which provides multiple benefits for both your business and your workers. It is also an essential part of compliance under health and safety requirements.
The best place to start is with a solid policy and procedure in place.

Oral (saliva) v urine

What are the benefits over each of these 2 methods? Oral Fluid (Saliva) is faster and a less invasive way to test for drugs. Cannabis tests using urine specimen can show a positive result for days or weeks after use which may not be applicable to whether your employee is safe to work. Here are some things to consider.

Why would you consider inclusion of oral fluid as a drug test sample in your workplace?

  • Targets recent use
  • High cost of employee disciplinaries or dismissal from urine drug test which cant discriminate recreational use
  • Employee and union demand for a fairer test of potential impairment – acute impairment
  • Considered less invasive
  • Less potential for cheating
  • No requirement for bathroom facility
  • Potential Cannabis law reform
  • Oral fluid portable analyser systems take away any subjectivity of results reading

Oral fluid testing and the pending Joint New Zealand Australian Standards for Oral Fluid Testing is specifically directed at the detection and quantitation of drugs in oral fluid recently used – and cutoff levels target the acute impairment period.

Currently Australian and New Zealand workplaces can and do utilise AS/NZS4760:2019 to guide their oral fluid drug testing programme

Why would you consider inclusion of urine as a drug test sample in your workplace?

Urine as a sample for drug testing is the most common sample used as a testing medium for drugs in New Zealand workplaces largely due to the following:

  • There is a joint Australian New Zealand Standard
  • Lower cost per test than oral fluid
  • Two confirmatory testing laboratories accessible in New Zealand
  • Preferred for pre-employment drug testing as it identifies habitual and recent users
  • Well understood and established use in New Zealand

Urine drug testing is a well-established practice in today’s workplaces as a part of a Drug and Alcohol Policy, with many independent providers of testing services available throughout New Zealand. InScience proudly supplies and supports many of these service providers. Urine drug testing is well understood, mainstream, reasonably economical and well served by Australian New Zealand Standards AS/NZS4308:2008 and accredited laboratory confirmatory testing services, ESR and CHL.

InScience supply and support workplaces and individuals keen to do a more DIY approach to drug testing. InScience can provide training (NZQA Unit Standards), AS/NZS4308:2008 and AS/NZS4760:2019 compliant products for onsite testing, drug and alcohol policy and procedures, along with expert ongoing advice.

Testing Supplies

InScience sell and support test products for urine, oral fluid, saliva, breath alcohol, drug residue and surface contamination testing.

Urine is the most common sample used as a testing medium for drugs in New Zealand workplaces largely due to the following:

  • Joint Australian New Zealand Standard
  • Lower cost per test than oral fluid
  • Two confirmatory testing laboratories are accessible
  • Preferred for pre-employment drug testing as it identifies habitual and recent users
  • Oral fluid is also in great demand with the soon-to-be-released AS/NZS4760 Revision

Urine and oral fluid based drug testing can work well together alongside a well-constructed workplace drug and alcohol policy.

Pre-employment Urine
Reasonable Cause Oral fluid
Reasonable Cause Delayed
(next working day)
Urine
Post incident/Post accident same day Oral fluid
Post incident /Post accident
(next working day)
Urine
Random Oral fluid

There are four compliant urine testing products on the New Zealand market that comply with AS/NZS4308:2008 – always ask for the Verification Certificate which demonstrates compliance of your chosen test devise with AS/NZS4308:2008. InScience supply all of the currently compliant test devices.

See our Range of Products

Delivery and Compliance

Urine drug testing is a well-established practice in today’s workplaces as a part of a Drug and Alcohol Policy, with many independent providers of testing services available throughout New Zealand. InScience proudly supplies and supports many of these service providers.

DIY Drug Testing

InScience supply and support workplaces and individuals keen to do a more DIY approach to drug testing. InScience can provide training (NZQA Unit Standards), AS/NZS4308:2008 and AS/NZS4760:2019 compliant products for onsite testing, drug and alcohol policy and procedures, along with expert ongoing advice.

Urine drug testing is well understood, mainstream, reasonably economical and well served by Australian New Zealand Standards AS/NZS4308:2008 along with accredited laboratory confirmatory testing Services, ESR and CHL.

Oral fluid testing and the pending joint New Zealand Australian standards for oral fluid testing is specifically directed at the detection and quantitation of recently used drugs – within the acute impairment period.

Currently Australian and New Zealand workplaces can utilise an oral fluid sample testing programme under AS4760:2006

Application Urine Oral Fluid (Saliva)
Cost Per Test Low Moderate
Cost Per Result Moderate Moderate
Manual Method Yes Yes
Portable Analyser No Yes
Recent Use Yes Yes
Historical Use Yes No
Standards Yes AS/NZS4308:2008 Yes AS4760:2006
Cheating Yes No

InScience company principal Ann-louise conducts drug testing training and has a sub-contracting agreement with Safety ‘n Action.

Safety ‘n Action is a private training establishment registered with NZQA to deliver and assess unit standards 25511 and 25458. This sub-contracting agreement has been approved by NZQA. Unit standards are reported to NZQA by Safety ‘n Action.

Policy and Procedure

InScience can write your workplace drug and alcohol policy, advising on the best type of test for your business or workplace, and help every step of the way through to a successful roll out.

There are many options for you to consider in developing and implementing policy:

  • What sample – urine or oral fluid?
  • How to test – service provider or DIY or a combination?
  • What drugs to test for?
  • When to test?
  • Who to test?
  • All of these factors influence your choice of drug testing sample and drug test device.

InScience can assist in developing and writing a drug and alcohol policy, or with the reviewing and adapting of your existing policy and procedures to include oral fluid testing or any other requirement made essential with recent legislative changes.