Alcohol Detection


Our industrial grade breathalyser is readily available to firstly screen an individual for the presence of alcohol on their breath, and secondly to provide an accurate breath alcohol level for those who tested positive in the screening test. Alcohol screening is inexpensive and results are available immediately. The device uses the same fuel cell sensor technology such as is utilised by the New Zealand Police. It is calibrated regularly as per a pre-determined calibration schedule to ensure the accurateness of results. This device will not give false-positive results and will give results rounded to 10 microgram (mcg) increments.

Many companies have a ‘zero tolerance’ to drugs and alcohol in the workplace. Other companies have preset cut-off levels outlined in their company policies. In New Zealand, from 1 December 2014, the following alcohol cut-off limits now apply to persons in control of a motor vehicle:

  • Age under 20 – zero alcohol level
  • Age over 20 – the alcohol limit is 250 micrograms per litre of
    breath or 50 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood

Beyond 250 micrograms per litre (mcg/l) of breath, and sometimes at a level below 250mcg/l depending on an individual’s tolerance and metabolism of alcohol, this represents an unacceptable risk to the judgement, safety and performance of the individual. Individuals who present to their place of work under the influence of alcohol also pose a significant risk to their co-workers and to the company itself.

Some companies’ drug and alcohol policies allow for the individual employee to undergo rehabilitation and counseling. There are a number of these services available in New Zealand to individuals who wish to commit to being drug- and alcohol-free.

For more information regarding the new breath and blood alcohol levels for New Zealand drivers, click here.