So…Who Is Drunk Right Now?

We are just returning from the Oklahoma Safety Council Trade show where we got to unveil the latest in alcohol testing technology.  Through this technology, we have revealed a whole new level of danger in alcohol.  It’s called the “morning-after” effect.

Most people believe that if they go out drinking, no matter how much, and they are able to sleep a few hours, they can show up to work the next day and be perfectly fine to perform their job.  We are pulling the wool off your eyes on this one.  There are many many many times when people get to sleep off part of their stuper, only to wake up and show up for work way beyond the legal limit.  I have to confess that this has actually happened to me.  Last Christmas, I celebrated our company Christmas party with our staff.  We had a limo and driver, so we partied the night away.  Our night ended at 11 pm and I went strait to bed.  I woke up the next morning and got ready to take my kids to school.  There was an alcohol machine sitting on my kitchen counter, so I decided to conduct an experiment to see if I was in the clear.  Much to my surprise, at 8 AM, I blew a .08 BAC, which is right at the legal limit.  Luckily, my husband had not left for work yet, so I was able to get him to take the kids to school that day since I was apparently in no shape to be carting children around in a vehicle.

So, how often do you think this happens at your work site?  Who is about to get on that forklift and move multiple pallets while still drunk?  Who is about to drive the school bus?  How can we unmask this problem and get people to change their behaviors so that our work places are safer?

I know how…with Tru-Touch Technologies alcohol testing device, you can test up to 180 employees in an hour without any technician working the machine.  The device can screen your employees when they clock in for the day and give feedback to the manager-on-duty, safety manager, HR manager, or whoever needs to know.  The device uses a light that shines on the back of the employees’ finger and measures the vibration of their cells to determine if they are intoxicated with alcohol.  The test is completely non-invasive and it’s also a bio-identifier, so employees cannot have a buddy punch in for them.

Coca-Cola distribution center in New Mexico was our first adapter in the USA.  The CEO of this facility swore up and down that he didn’t have any alcohol problem to speak of.  He agreed to take this machine on a free 30-day trial.  On the first day of the machine, he had 4 out of 50 drivers punch in at a blood alcohol level above .08 (legal limit for DOT drivers is .04).  Coke was able to send home the violators in the ramp up period and by the end of the 90 days of ramping up their program, they only had to terminate 1 employee due to severe alcohol issues.  Since the ramp up period, this distribution plant has gone 6 months without a single positive hit on their machines.  Coca-Cola is now our biggest cheerleader for this technology.  This technology isn’t designed to bust your employees, it’s designed to change their behavior and Coke proved that it works.

If this information intrigues you and you’d like more information, possibly a demo, please email for more information on Tru Touch.

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About the Author Susan Lobsinger

Susan is founder and President of Lobdock Impairment Detection, a full-service, mobile drug testing and contractor compliance management provider. Lobdock provides safety managers with the objective data they need to make safety decisions that make a difference in the lives, safety, and health of their employees who work in safety sensitive positions.

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