Peace Country Petroleum Sales Ltd. Company

selfbreathalyzer-casestudy

Peace Country Petroleum Sales Ltd. Company 

Peace Country Petroleum (PCP) supplies quality Esso fuels and Mobil branded lubricants to companies operating in the oil and gas, mining, logging, construction, agricultural and aviation sectors.

 In Northern BC, and the Yukon Territory, Peace Country Petroleum delivers fuel, lubricants and bulk oil to locations like Whitehorse, Watson Lake, Tumbler Ridge, Chetwynd, Hudson Hope, Fort St John, Wonowon, Pink Mountain, Buckinghorse, Fort Nelson, Horn River Basin and surrounding areas.

 In Northern Alberta, PCP delivers lubricants and bulk oil to locations like Grande Prairie, Valleyview, Eaglesham, Hythe, Beaverlodge, Spirit River, Peace River, Manning, High Level and surrounding areas.

  • 47 Employees 
  • 10-12 Drivers daily
  • 24/7 Operations

 CHALLENGE:  PCP has a requirement set forth by Esso to ensure and prove that each of their drivers is “Fit for Duty” prior to beginning each run.

 Primary Concern: Verifying that drivers are not impaired, or under the influence of alcohol. Minimizing contentiousness surrounding random drug and alcohol testing.

 PCP runs a 24/7 operation, drivers begin shifts at night, often in remote locations, with no supervisory personnel to monitor the process. Supervisors are currently staffed for operations between 8am-5pm.

 

OPTIONS

1. Hire additional supervisors to monitor the drivers overnight and purchase a commercial electronic alcohol breathalyzer.

 Benefits:

  • Supervisors can visually inspect each driver and administer testing.

 Concerns:

  • Significant cost for ongoing supervisor wages
  • Difficult to find new supervisors
  • Additional cost to train and recruit new supervisors
  • Cost of electronic breathalyzer equipment
  • Cost of training to operate breathalyzer
  • Risk of equipment failure due to wear and tear, harsh cold environment, BAC buildup, and on-going need for re-calibration
  • Workplace collusion - verifying the test was performed by the driver

 

 2. Use a self-administered electronic alcohol breathalyzer

 Benefits:

  • Massively reduced cost - no need to hire and recruit expensive supervisors

 Concerns:

  • How to verify results of a self-administered test
  • Cost of electronic breathalyzer equipment
  • Cost of training to staff to operate breathalyzer
  • Risk of equipment failure due to wear and tear, harsh cold environment, BAC buildup, and on-going need for re-calibration
  • Verifying the test was performed by the driver
  • Documenting the testing without supervision

 

3. The Self Breathalyzer™ -  a self-administered disposable breathalyzer

 Benefits:

  • Massively reduced cost - no need to hire and recruit expensive supervisors
  • No training required – easy to use
  • No expensive equipment cost
  • No risk of equipment failure or breaking 

 Concerns:

  • How to verify results of a self-administered test
  • Verifying the test was performed by the driver
  • Documenting the testing without supervision

 

 SOLUTION

 After lengthy discussions with the client, we came up with a multi-faceted approach to solving the compliance issue. 

 PCP found that by building safeguards around the testing process the Self Breathalyzer™ offers the best solution for their challenge. Results are highly accurate, properly documented, and the solution was most cost-effective.

  1. Each employee is required to use the Self Breathalyzer prior to beginning their shift at their designated check-in/fueling station. Each station is outfitted with a CC TV camera.

     2. After the test is administered, the result is documented by photo/time/GPS with their smartphone app and sent to a centralized database.

 selfbreathalyzer

The Self Breathalyzer™ is then sealed in an envelope (provided by the company) and placed into a drop box with all other documentation for their shift.      

  1. When supervisor arrives in the morning the tests and documents are collected.

Preventing Tampering

The Self Breathalyzer™ test is binary if alcohol is present the crystals turn green and stay green.

The Self Breathalyzer™ cannot be tampered with.

  • If the seal is broken and test not administered, the crystals remain dry and a light colour yellow, and the metal screen inside the tube will remain untarnished. With an administered test, where alcohol is not present, the crystals turn a darkened yellow and the screen is obviously tarnished/blackened.  This outcome will remain unchanged for up to 14 hours.

 Discussions centered around employees having access to these testers from an outside source, and find additional ways to work around the system. The solution here was to brand the tester wrappers with PCP company logo clearly indicated. 

OUTCOME

PCP has successfully demonstrated to Esso a strong initiative that ensures that their drivers are ‘Fit for Duty’ prior to transporting any of their product. PCP is in compliance and can finally check that box!

 Any feelings of contention or thoughts of discrimination amongst staff have been subsided by making PCP’s testing policy standard rather than random.

 PCP now consumes a total of 12 Self Breathalyzers™ daily for the pre-access alcohol testing of each driver. This comes at a fraction of the cost of a supervisor’s daily wage.