July 2, 2006

Against Drug Testing?

As most readers know, I am not against urine testing per se. If it is seen as a campaign to stop the use of drugs, and it seems to work, well that’s fine with me. But urine testing has little to do with making sure workers are ready for work and it should not be […]

June 7, 2006

Roadside Screening

Driving under the influence of drugs is, of course, just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. And a new survey out of Scotland suggests that “drug driving” is surprisingly common. A survey of 1,072 young people (25-35) found that 20% had taken illegal drugs before driving. This study, conducted by More Than, […]

April 19, 2006

Provigil Is the Answer?

As many of my readers already know, there is a new and wildly popular drug called Provigil by Cephalon (generic name modfinal and is also marketed as “Alertec” by a rival company) to combat fatigue. Revenues from Provigil were $1.2 billion in 2005 and are growing. It is currently promoted to treat specific medical conditions […]

March 27, 2006

Red Bull is Not the Answer

Combining alcohol and Red Bull® reduces the ‘perception’ of impairment Alcohol’s harmful effects on motor coordination, however, remain intact Study results show that drinking alcohol and Red Bull® together significantly reduces the perception of headache, weakness, dry mouth and impairment of motor coordination. Red Bull® does not, however, significantly reduce alcohol-related deficits on objective measures […]

January 10, 2006

Staten Island Incident

We all recall the Staten Island ferry accident three years ago. In this incident a comuter ferry, after crossing New York Harbor, inexplicably ran into the dock, killing 11 people. The cause of this accident was difficult to figure, although it did seem to be a sudden lapse on the part of the pilot rather […]

November 29, 2005

My drive and another drive

My daughter’s flight came in to Oakland, California at 6:30 PM on Monday. I picked her up and we drove the 350 miles south on Highway 101 to Carpinteria. We stopped for a 30 minute dinner and got in at 11:30 PM, 6 hours of driving, no big deal. After dropping her off at school, […]

November 4, 2005

Nuclear Fatigue and the NRC

Think of the nuclear power industry and you think of controlled risk, of operators in huge control rooms monitoring dials and computer screens, all day every day, until something happens. And nothing much happens – a perfect formula for the conditions that promote fatigue and inattention. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission “NRC” is deeply concerned with […]

November 2, 2005


I am just going to quote this in full. Thank you DDC. Inattention and Fatigue Primary Causes of Workplace Accidents Jessica Walter, DDC Command Affairs During a recent Defense Distribution Center (DDC) Safety and Occupational Health Council meeting, DDC Safety Manager Dave Mack revealed the root cause of most workplace accidents: inattention and fatigue. According […]

October 10, 2005

We Don’t Want to Know (!)

We have had many meetings with top safety managers at some of the world’s leading operating companies. These men, and women, are immensely interested in impairment testing. They are well aware of how fatigue and impairment can undermine safety and, incidentally, the bottom line. But, occasionally, we get an astonishing reaction. “We do not want […]

September 30, 2005

AlertnessCentral.com is Alive!

We have just introduced AlertnessCentral – our new alertness testing site. (You need a password to access the system.) Before we introduced our alertness system on the web, we wanted to be sure quality would not be compromised. We were concerned about data privacy and with security. We also wanted to be sure that test […]