Coronavirus and the use of breathalysers

In light of the recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus, we consulted the Australian Infectious Disease Research Centre (AID), for advice on better hygienic use of our breathalysers. We’d like to extend our gratitude to Prof. Mark Walker, Director of the AID, for his help in developing these precautions with us. 

It is advised to take the following precautions when performing alcohol breath tests to protect yourself and those around you. This is useful not only during this concerning time, but also for normal hygienic use.

PERSONAL BREATHALYSERS

When a breath sample is being provided, ensure that the air output port is pointed away from others.

For devices with internal mouthpieces, please do not allow others to use your device even if they are using it with an external mouthpiece since the air flow will pass through the internal mouthpiece.

You may wish to continue to use the device with an external mouthpiece to prevent cross contamination.

If you have touched a mouthpiece that has been used by others, please ensure that you wash your hands thoroughly.

INDUSTRIAL / WORKPLACE HANDHELD BREATHALYSERS

When a breath sample is being provided, ensure that the air output port (on the mouthpiece) is pointed away from others.

If you are a drug and alcohol tester, please ensure that you wear gloves to avoid direct touch with used mouthpieces and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.

You may wish to wear a face mask for additional protection.

Extra precautions should be taken when using sampling cups since the air will flow back in the direction of the person providing the breath sample.

It may be wise to rinse out the sampling cups after each test.

WALL-MOUNTED BREATHALYSERS

Please ensure that you are using the appropriate straws for the devices and that used straws are properly disposed of immediately.

You should also wash your hands thoroughly after performing a test.

For wall-mounts with sampling cups, please take extra precautions as the air can flow back in the direction of the person providing the breath sample.

It may be wise to rinse out the sampling cups after each test or purchase additional ones as spares.More information about coronavirus and what you can do can be found on the Malaysian Ministry of Health Website.