Fingers out for alco testsAlcoDigital has launched a new system it claims is 96 per cent accurate at detecting alcohol levels and capable of determining a persons’ level of intoxication in seconds with just a touch of the finger. The AlcoSense TruTouch uses a near-infrared light to measure blood alcohol content in the skin via contact with an optical pad. The light reflected back by the skin is then analysed to determine alcohol concentration in the tissue and to verify the identity of the user, and can be linked to site or depot entrances, making supervision unnecessary.

Suzannah Robin, AlcoDigital sales director, said: “Alcohol abuse is not a problem restricted to transport. Screening every employee, every day can produce a step-change in underlying behaviour. Vehicle interlocks can ensure drivers are tested on a daily basis, but TruTouch introduces the same safety culture to every environment.”

While not a UK certified device, AlcoDigital has combined the TruTouch with its new Lab-in-a-Bag, which is approved in the UK for police use and provides results for both drugs and alcohol tests.