2.11.2022 | Haulage

Goldstar Transport introduces hygienic and fast finger print method for drug testing

The new system offers a more dignified and convenient approach than conventional tests requiring urine or saliva sample collection. 

Goldstar Transport, one of the UK’s market-leading container hauliers, has switched out urine tests for fingerprint drug testing.

The company employs approximately 600 HGV drivers, 170 office staff and 40 container lift staff. It is now using fingerprint drug testing to promote health & safety adherence across its 14-site UK-wide operations.

The business purchased six portable readers from Intelligent Fingerprinting and has been conducting random drug tests each month to adhere to FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme) guidelines whilst also using the in-house system to support cause testing.

Nick Tolley, Driver Compliance Manager, Midlands Depot Manager for Goldstar, said: “We had looked at fingerprint drug testing a few months back, but it was still quite a new technology, so we held fire. However, we have been tracking it carefully, and with more and more companies switching from urine to fingerprint sweat for workplace drug testing, I can now see why. We’ve purchased six readers to use across our 14 sites, and together with the single-use sample collection cartridges, we can do the initial random and suspicion drug testing ourselves in-house.

“We’ve been using it for around four months, and everyone prefers it over the old urine tests. Intelligent Fingerprinting’s approach is much more hygienic and less intrusive for our employees and those in charge of the testing. It takes less time, so it has less impact on productivity – saving 5-10 minutes on each test soon adds up. Drivers consistently provide a fingerprint sweat sample, so we aren’t subject to delays due to not being able to gather a sample, etc. We have on-site results with one of our six in-house scanners in 10 minutes. Intelligent Fingerprinting is much more straightforward than the urine tests where we were equipped with gaffer tape, toilet blue and rubber gloves.”

Terry Elvin, Goldstar’s account manager at Intelligent Fingerprinting, said: “Fingerprint drug testing has been successfully used in the workplace for a while now. It is reliable and accurate and saves time and costs for our clients – not only in the transport and logistics space but in other workplaces. With six readers across 14 locations, the Goldstar team has the in-house facilities for testing as and when they like, enabling the company to positively promote driver safety.”

Intelligent Fingerprinting’s simple fingerprint-based sweat test takes around 10 minutes to screen for cocaine, cannabis, opiates and methamphetamine, using a portable reader and disposable test cartridges. The system is hygienic, easy to use, and offers a more dignified and convenient approach to drug testing than conventional tests requiring urine or saliva sample collection. Goldstar Transport uses fingerprint drug tests for random testing to help ensure drivers are fit for driving and support cause testing should an accident occur or suspicion is raised. The digital reader displays the results on screen – eliminating the need for interpretation of results by colleagues and therefore acting as an impartial part of the process.

Fingerprint-based drug testing – how it works
Intelligent Fingerprinting’s drug testing system features a small, tamper-evident drug screening cartridge onto which ten fingerprint sweat samples are collected in a process which takes less than a minute. The Intelligent Fingerprinting portable analysis unit then reads the cartridge and provides a positive or negative result on-screen for all drugs in the test in ten minutes.

Source: Intelligent Fingerprinting

Fast and efficient fingerprint drug testing