Alcohol & EtG Testing

 Alcohol and EtG Testing

Random alcohol testing is used by many employers because it makes the workplace safer, reduces absenteeism, and can decrease premiums for workers compensation. Random alcohol testing is sometimes performed at the same time as random drug testing.
Types of Alcohol testing
Employers can choose from five types of alcohol tests when testing employees randomly:
Blood,
Breathalyzer,
Hair,
Saliva
Urine.
Urine tests are the most common and the most likely to stand up in court. They are relatively inexpensive, though they cannot detect alcohol ingested within two hours of the test.
What is EtG?
Because ethanol (Alcohol) is rapidly metabolized it serves a poor biomarker for alcohol consumption. Ethyl Glucuronide (EtG) is a stable water-soluble minor metabolite of alcohol.
Why EtG?
EtG is a good biomarker because it is present in blood up to 8 hours longer and it is present in urine up to 80 hours. EtG analysis offers a longer window of detection in blood and urine tests.
Hair Alcohol Testing
Testing hair itself for Ethanol (Alcohol) is not feasible due its volatile nature. But EtG serves as a fairly stable metabolite.
Drug Test Cut-Off Levels
Drug testing cutoff levels are the minimum concentrations of drugs or metabolites that must be present in specimens, before labs will report the drug testing results as positive.

If there is a zero-tolerance policy involved the drug testing can be ordered as LOD (Level Of Detection) Test. Limit of Detection means reporting any detectable amount of drug

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