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.


Course Content

The course covers the following;


  • Collect specimens for drugs of abuse testing
  • Policies
  • Statistics
  • Controlling the risks in the workplace
  • Collect specimens for drugs of abuse testing
  • What is a drug-safe workplace?
  • A collector
  • Drug testing
  • What is a drug test?
  • Limitations of drug testing
  • Legalities of drugs, alcohol and workplace testing
  • Types of testing
  • Breath test
  • Saliva test
  • Urine test
  • The drug abuse testing
  • Legal and ethical considerations
  • WHS Legislation & Guidelines
  • Types of testing
  • Duty of care
  • Informed consent
  • Privacy, confidentiality & disclosure
  • Equipment use
  • Tamper evident specimen bags
  • Tamper proof seals
  • Tamper resistant label/tape
  • Documenting the test
  • Chain of custody document



2 Hour