Alco-Screen Saliva Alcohol Screen Test
Testing with the Alco-Screen saliva alcohol test is fast and easy. The operator has the subject spit into a cup and dips the reagant tip of the strip into the saliva for several seconds. The Alco-Screen requires such a small amount of saliva to activate the test, even subjects with dry mouth can be tested successfully. Results are visible within two minutes after wetting the test strip with saliva.
Alco-Screen Estimates Alcohol Concentration
Because the proportion of alcohol in saliva is directly related to the proportion of alcohol in blood, the Alco-Screen can easily and quickly detect the presence of alcohol and estimate intoxication levels. The presence of alcohol in saliva causes the reagent pad to turn shades of green. Higher concentrations of alcohol create darker shades of green. The operator estimates intoxication levels by comparing the color change against color standards printed on the foil package at the 0.02%, 0.04%, 0.08%, and 0.30% BAC.
Ideal for Zero Tolerance Testing
The Alco-Screen is ideal for agencies with zero tolerance policies and for non-regulated employee workplace testing programs. Any green color on the reagent pad after two minutes indicates the presence of alcohol in the saliva of at least 0.02% or greater. 0.02% BAC is approximately the intoxication level from one drink, and is typically the lowest cut-off level used to determine if a person has been drinking alcohol.
Alco-Screen Detects Alcohol in Beverages
The Alco-Screen is one of the few devices that can detect the presence of alcohol in beverages. Because the Alco-Screen is calibrated to detect the very tiny amounts of alcohol present in saliva, the color standards on the test do not apply when testing beverages. The concentration of alcohol is extremely high in comparison to saliva. Dipping the strip into a beverage that contains alcohol causes the reagent pad to turn a very dark brown color.
STEP 1 – Collect a subject’s saliva in a clean, unused cup and dip the reagent end of test strip in the cup for several seconds. Once the reagant pad is saturated with the saliva, place the strip on a flat surface and set a 2 minute timer.
STEP 2 – After 2 minutes compare the color change against the color standards on the back of the envelope package to estimate alcohol level.