HLTPAT005 Collect specimens for drugs of abuse testing

HLTPAT005 Collect specimens for drugs of abuse testing

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to confirm collection requirements, prepare client and equipment and collect specimens via urine and/or oral and breath testing following the special procedures that apply for drugs of abuse testing.

This unit applies to individuals working in collection centres, in hospitals, in other health care environments and workplaces where drugs of abuse testing takes place.

What you will learn

  • follow established technical, infection control and safety procedures plus those required by the relevant standard, during collections from at least 3 different clients
  • To select, prepare and use compliant equipment and collection kits
  • collect urine, oral fluid or breath specimens for drugs of abuse testing
  • the ability to collect drugs of abuse testing for industry, social services, prisons, medical and legal purposes
  • Understand legal and ethical considerations (national and state/territory), including the requirements of AS/NZS 4308:2008 or AS 4760-2006
  • pre-collection, during and post-collection procedures required to meet chain of custody requirements, including:
    • suitable environment to collect sample
    • client privacy
    • staff safety
    • specific environmental and specimen requirements to eliminate tampering
  • collection procedures required to meet chain of custody requirements, including:
    • client supervision and seclusion
    • collection procedures that eliminates the opportunity to tamper with specimen
    • documentation requirements
    • integrity testing of samples as required by standard
  • storage and transportation procedures required to meet chain of custody requirements, including:
    • chain of custody process
    • security satchels and labels
    • storage
    • courier requirements
  • drugs of abuse, including:
    • types of drugs included
    • chemistry
    • effect on body
    • types of collection
    • methods of analysis

Cost: $650

Study the theory online

Attend a one day practical workshop