Alcohol testing measures the current level of alcohol in a donor’s system. The resulting Breath/Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is calculated immediately and no lab time is required. Breath alcohol testing is mobile and can easily be administered in the clinic or onsite.
Because alcohol is absorbed directly through the walls of the stomach and into the bloodstream, breath alcohol testing is a good indicator of current alcohol impairment and is valuable in occupational testing.
How does Breath Alcohol Testing work?
Breath alcohol testing measures the level of alcohol in a donor’s system through an electronic monitor that measures alcohol molecules released in the carbon dioxide of an individual’s breath.
This reading calculates Breath/Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC). Within minutes of drinking alcohol, your blood alcohol concentration starts to rise. Alcohol is absorbed directly through the walls of the stomach and proceeds into the bloodstream, where it travels throughout your body and to your brain.
SureHire breath alcohol technicians are certified based on US DOT standards (United States Department of Transportation). All SureHire Power Centres and National Exclusive Testing Facilities test with US DOT-approved evidentiary breath alcohol machines, which guarantees the accuracy and reliability of results and meets the same standards as police forces throughout North America.
Breath alcohol testing is the preferred method of testing as saliva alcohol and urine alcohol (ethanol) testing are not defensible in court. If a saliva alcohol test is positive it must be confirmed by a breath alcohol test to be considered valid.
You will first be required to present some form of government-issued photo ID when you come in for your appointment
If you are coming in for a private appointment, payment must be made prior to testing. Forms of payment accepted include debit card or credit card.
Once your ID is verified, you will receive paperwork to fill out. This paperwork includes an authorization allowing SureHire to perform the test and provide the results to your employer/potential employer. If you are coming in for a private test, the form will have a spot where you can indicate where you would like the results to be sent. You will also have a short form to fill out indicating your contact information and any prescription or over-the-counter drugs that you are currently using.
Once your paperwork is submitted, you must not leave the testing facility until testing is complete. If you choose to leave the testing facility, it will be indicated as a refusal to test and considered a fail.
How to Prepare
Bring your government-issued photo ID (driver’s licence, passport, military ID, etc.).
Do not consume alcohol for 24 hours prior to an alcohol test.
You must spit out any gum or tobacco that you have in your mouth so that it does not affect the quality of testing.
The tester will administer one of two types of tests: either a saliva test or a breath alcohol test.
If you are scheduled for a breath alcohol test, you will be instructed by the tester to “empty your lungs” into the disposable tube attached to the breath alcohol testing unit. A fresh tube is used for every person; the tubes are not sterilized and re-used. After you have finished breathing into the unit, the tester will be able to see a digital reading of the BAC (blood alcohol concentration) level.
If you are scheduled for a saliva alcohol test, you will be instructed by the tester to insert a saliva kit into your mouth for 60 seconds. Once enough saliva is collected, the tester will be able to read the kit and determine the BAC level.
If the results of your alcohol test are above the acceptable level (dependent upon your company) you will receive a confirmation test 15 minutes after the original test was administered. If the BAC is still above the acceptable level, your result will be considered a fail.
Schedule of Acceptable Identification
OPTION 1 – ACCEPTABLEGOVERNMENT-ISSUEDPHOTO ID (1 PIECE) (EXPIRED ID IS NOTACCEPTABLE)
Valid permanent driver’s licence issued in Canada or the United States of America, as permitted to be used for identification purposes under provincial law.
Valid passport issued by the Government of residing country.
Certificate of Indian Status issued by the Government of Canada.
A document or card, bearing the individual’s photograph and signature, issued by any of the following authorities:
-Insurance Corporation of British Columbia
-Saskatchewan Government Insurance
-Department of Service Nova Scotia, Department of Transportation, Province of Prince Edward Island
-Service New Brunswick, Department of Government Service, Province of Newfoundland and Labrador
-Department of Transportation of the Northwest Territories, Department of Community Government and Transportation of the Territory of Nunavut
Firearms licence or military ID
Homeless Aid Centre photo identification
Correctional Centre photo identification
Please note: photos or photocopies of ID will NOT be accepted.
OPTION 2 – 2 PIECES OF NON-PHOTO ID AND 1 PIECE OF NON-GOVERNMENTPHOTO ID
ACCEPTABLENON-PHOTO ID (2 PIECES)
-Employee photo identity card, issued by an employer that is well-known in the community.
-Certificate of Canadian Citizenship or a Certification of Naturalization, in the form of a paper document or card, but not a commemorative issue.
-A provincial health insurance card, as permitted to be used for identification purposes under provincial law.
-Social Insurance Number card issued by the Government of Canada (note: printable SIN cards will not be accepted).
-Birth certificate issued in Canada.
-Interim Driver’s License.
ACCEPTABLENON-GOVERNMENTPHOTO ID (1 PIECE) (MUSTCONTAINFIRST & LASTNAMEANDPHOTO)
-Employee ID card – from a reputable company within the community
-Oil Sands ID card
-Student ID card – from a reputable educational institution within the community
-Costco ID card
OPTION 3 – MANAGEMENT ID
If no ID is available, the tester will call your employer and speak to their DER. If the manager gives the tester a satisfactory physical description of the client or confirmation of personal information, the testing can proceed.
Management ID: 3 contact attempts within 30 minutes. If the tester cannot obtain management ID, online bookings will be advised that the client does not have sufficient ID to continue with testing. You will need to contact your company to re-book the appointment.