Worldwide polls show that 1 in 10 people turn up for work intoxicated. And in most cases, employers have no way of verifying it. It’s an especially concerning problem for workplaces where employees drive vehicles, work in trades environments, perform intricate job tasks, or are liable for the well-being of others, such as medical personnel and teachers. With the development and affordability of workplace breathalysers, it makes smart business sense to have workplace alcohol testing devices on the worksite for pre-employment screenings and random employee alcohol testing.

Certain lines of work are too dangerous to risk the mental and physical impairment that comes with alcohol consumption. Businesses involving the operation of public transport vehicles, machinery, or heavy equipment are not only responsible for their employees’ safety and the public safety, but have their own reputations and financial liability to think about. In other lines of work, such as law enforcement and heath care, alcohol testing is not only a good idea, it is compulsory.

Trucking, Road Work, and Public Transport

When employees are on the roads or directing traffic in any capacity, there is no question that alcohol testing is a smart decision. Their lives and the lives of the public depend on the clear-headed thinking and judgment of these individuals.

Factories and Heavy Machinery

When heavy or complex machinery is being routinely used, alcohol can turn the workplace into a minefield. Individuals under the influence of alcohol often misjudge distances or can have debilitated motor skills, which can end up in liability, injury, or even death. The risk here is too great not to use breath alcohol sensing equipment.

Law Enforcement

Roadside breath testing is the most common method used by law enforcement to measure BAC levels. Select Breathalyser NZ models have been designed explicitly for this purpose. Lightweight, rugged, portable, and accurate, these units are popular with police officers and auxiliary units across North America and much of Europe.


In an effort to dry up heavy drinking in the ranks, the US Navy has begun breath-testing sailors and Marines as they show up for duty, while US Air Force and Army bases are conducting random breath tests.

Hospitals and Clinics

A breathalyser may be used to test patients’ BAC levels in hospitals or as a monitoring tool to support efforts to curb alcohol consumption in clinics and recovery centers. Patients or clients who are referred by the legal system to alcohol treatment environments may also be required to participate in random breath alcohol monitoring to ensure that they remain alcohol-free during treatment.

Restaurants, Bars, Breweries and Vineyards

Breathalysers are increasingly used in environments where alcohol is served to protect businesses from potential liability issues. These tools offer employers a discrete and accurate method for monitoring customer and employee alcohol consumption, and prevent them from endangering themselves and the public safety.

High Schools and Universities

Breath alcohol testing has been used to discourage underage college students from drinking on campus, and to deter high school students and student-athletes from drinking before or during school-sponsored events

Your Responsibility

Organizations that demand the highest standards of accuracy and sensitivity in blood alcohol content (BAC) testing rely on Breathalyser NZ’s professional-grade breathalysers. Designed for maximum comfort, convenience, and accuracy, these units can be used in a variety of applications to protect the public safety and limit the liability of the organisations and individuals involved.