The Fair Work Commission (FWC) upheld an earlier decision that employees at the Port Kembla Coal Terminal will continue to undergo random saliva and urine drug tests, reports Australian Mining.

The dual method system was contested by the CFMEU Construction and General Division in April 2015, with the FWC finding that the advantages of using both urine and saliva testing outweighed any costs to privacy.

The Port Kembla Coal Terminal (PKCT) alcohol and drug policy subjects all randomly selected employees to either a urine or saliva drug test. For example on the day of a test, urine testing would be used for all randomly selected employees. On another day all randomly selected employees would be undergo saliva testing.

Using both methods has the benefit that employees cannot take measures to cheat the test, according to an expert witness in the FWC hearing.

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