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Why should DOT Urine Specimen Collectors Be Trained?

01 Aug 2015

...DOT Requires Specimen Collectors to be Training with Qualification and Proficiency Demonstration ...

When an employee is informed by their employer that they need to go in for a drug test.  The employee can get very apprehensive about the process and what is going to happen.

For a comprehensive course for the collection of specimens, it is highly recommended to attend a training.  Collectors need to know and always remember that a drug test that is not collected correctly could land the collector in court to defend and explain their actions in collecting the specimen.

A collection training webinar is being offered by National Drug Screening that will cover all the below listed items and more, click the link for more information about the collector training.

https://www.nationaldrugscreening.com/show-training.php?id=36

Collectors need to remember that the collection procedure is the only time that an employee or applicant will come face to face with the drug test process.  The collector should recognize that this is where the actual process starts from the moment the donor walks in the door to the time that the collection is complete and the copies of the CCF have been distributed in the manner required by regulation. 

It is very important to know that the collection of workplace drug test specimens is a forensic process and all steps have to be done in the order required and how the steps are to be done to maintain forensic integrity.

To the naiveté individual, that could be a scary and often times very apprehensive process not knowing what to expect.

A well trained collector should be able to recognize that being at ill at ease and be able to put a donor for drug test at ease.

The importance of being trained will give the collector knowledge on how to correctly explain the collection process from the time that the donor walks in the door to the time that the collection is complete.

Some of the important things and steps that a collector should know are:

  1. How to greet a donor.
  2. What action should be taken if there is not a donor valid photo ID card?
  3. Explain the collection process, step by step.
  4. At that step in the collection process can a refusal be a test refusal?
  5. Inform the donor that at no time will their name go to the testing laboratory plus that there Social Security Number does not have to be given but an alternative employee ID number can be used.
  6. Explain the Custody and Control form (CCF) to the donor and the items that need to be completed.
  7. Identify that the collection will be done in private with no disrobing.
  8. How to tell the donor that they will be given 4 minutes to provide a specimen and within 4 minutes the specimen temperature will be read.
  9. Identify to the donor where they will be expected to sign and understand the acknowledgement statement.
  10. Having the donor witness the entire process of sealing and placing of labels on the specimen bottles.
  11. What happens if there is a refusal by the donor to sign?
  12. What is a documentable refusal to test by the donor at the collection site?
  13. What happens if there is an identified and documentable lack of cooperation?
  14. What is a “Shy Bladder” and how to handle?
  15. How to interact with the DER is there is a problem/issue?

Another important fact is the proper and timely distribution of the CCF to all the respective parties with 24 hours of the specimen collection.  Why are these steps important for a collector to know?

Bottom line, it is very important for a collector to know intimately, all of the collection steps to have a forensic defensible collection.