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Prescription Drugs

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.

Learning Objectives

People presenting to work under the influence of drugs or alcohol present a real risk to workplaces. When fitness for work is affected there is an increased risk of workplace accidents and incidents and often there is an association with reduced workplace morale and culture. Compliance with workplace safety laws can be jeopardised and important workplace contracts can be put at risk through people presenting unfit for work.

Performance Evidence Required

The candidate must show evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the job role. There must be evidence that the candidate has:

  • followed established technical, infection control and safety procedures plus those required by the relevant standard, during collections from at least 3 different clients 

  • selected, prepared and used compliant equipment and collection kits 

  • collected urine, oral fluid or breath specimens for drugs of abuse testing

Knowledge Evidence Required

The candidate must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the work role. This includes knowledge of:

  • context for drugs of abuse testing including industry, social services, prisons, medical and legal purposes

  • legal and ethical considerations (national and state/territory), including the requirements of AS/NZS 4308:2008 or AS 4760-2006 and any revisions thereof, and how these are applied in organisations:​

    • duty of care

    • informed consent 

    • mandatory reporting

    • privacy, confidentiality and disclosure

    • records management

    • work role boundaries

    • work health and safety

  • 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

Course Prerequisites

There are no pre requisites for this unit.

Students must be at least 14 years of age at the time of attendance.

Clothing: We suggest that you wear comfortable casual clothing.a

 

Learn more about the Australian Government’s competency and assessment requirements for this course at http://training.gov.au/training/details/hltpat005

Course Details

Face to Face:

 

Fist Aid and Fire's accredited HLTPAT005 Collect specimens for drugs of abuse testing course is 7 hours in duration and covers both theory and practical elements of .

 

There is a short multiple choice quiz at the end of the training covering the course theory learnt that day. Students will also be assessed on practical skills as a requirement to pass the course.

 

A Statement of Attainment in HLTPAT005 Collect specimens for drugs of abuse testing will be issued to the successful participant.

Certificate Validity

The HLTPAT005 Collect specimens for drugs of abuse testing general industry recommends refreshers every three years.

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