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Handheld Breath Alcohol Testing in the Time of the Covid-19 Pandemic

Posted by Angus MacArthur on

Specific safety and hygiene measures should be implemented to safely test for alcohol in breath during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If a handheld breathalyser is used to test someone for alcohol, then the operator of the breathalyser must wear examination gloves, clear eye protection or goggles as well as a medical grade mask. The operator must hold the breathalyser at arms length and the subject must use a disposable paper straw to blow into the breathalyser to ensure that air blown into the breathalyser is not blown towards the operator.

Alternatively, the subject who needs to be tested for alcohol should blow into the breathalyser while holding the instrument and thereafter the instrument should be disinfected with not alcohol disinfectant wipes. After testing the straw must be disposed of.

In the following short video we demonstrate how the subject should blow into the handheld breathalyser using a straw.