Under some circumstances, the use of alcohol is absolutely prohibited. These zero tolerance situations often involve conditions under which a direct threat to health and safety is posed by any use of alcohol. Breath alcohol testers are ideal for zero tolerance alcohol testing and also offer the benefits of being economical, efficient, and easy to employ.
Zero tolerance alcohol testing is often used to monitor:
- Students at school or attending school events
- Operators of mass transportation vehicles or aircraft
- Operators of heavy or large scale equipment
- Inmates in correctional facilities
- Work release program participants
Zero Tolerance Alcohol Testing in the Workplace
Alcohol abuse in the workplace has become a more prevalent problem and created the need for detection and intervention before tragic accidents can occur. Government regulations have required zero tolerance alcohol testing in nuclear power plants for several years, and the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991 administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation now mandates zero tolerance alcohol testing for operators in the trucking, airline, rail, transit, pipeline, and maritime industries. Zero alcohol tolerance testing may be done randomly, upon reasonable suspicion, or following an accident. Breath alcohol testers are used for zero tolerance alcohol testing due to reliability, instant results and ease of use.