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Employer Drug Testing

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Are there laws regulating drug testing in California?

Drug Testing Laws in California This is a “HYBRID” state, meaning some employers are required to test certain workers –Public Transportation employees (California Public Utilities Commission). Otherwise, this is a MANDATORY stat...

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Is instant drug testing for employees legal?

Generally speaking - Yes.  However the following states ban or have restrictions in place  Kansas – Prohibited for all employees. Maine – Pre-employment only. Maryland – Employer must register with the State. Pre-empl...

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How do employees benefit from a Drug Free Workplace?

Working for a company that is alcohol and drug free has a lot of advantages. Employers who maintain alcohol- and drug-free workplaces do more than just protect their business assets - they contribute to the improved safety, health and well-being of t...

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Are you Required to Have a Drug Free Workplace Program?

Based on certain Federal or State laws many businesses are required to have a Drug Free Workplace program.  This article will outline the requirements of the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988. The Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 requires som...

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Can you please explain why confirmation cutoff levels are lower than screening levels?

For drug screening tests, a cut-off is chosen that will optimize drug detection but minimize the number of false positive results. It is important to note that a negative sample doesn’t mean that it is drug free; it might contain a drug at a co...

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Are employers testing for K2 and Bath Salts?

Over the last few years, synthetic drug use has expanded among young adults. Concerned employers should include a provision in their drug testing policy specifically prohibiting the use and/or possession of synthetic drugs while on company property, ...

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What is a D and L isomer test?

If the donor were to claim that they had a methamphetamine positive because they used a Vicks inhaler, then the MRO would order a d/l isomer separation to determine if the drug present in the specimen is at least 80% l-methamphetamine.  If the s...

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Why is it necessary is that instant drug testing results that screen non negative be sent to a lab for confirmation testing?

The primary reason being that all instant non-negative are only 97%-98% accurate which is shown on a package insert for any brand that is FDA Cleared. All positive initial screens should be confirmed by GC/MS (Gas Chromatagraph/Mass Spectrometry) at...

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Can I get the quantitative (quant) level of a positive drug screen?

The quantitative (quant) level of a positive drug screen specifically indicates whether a drug or a drug indicator was detected in the donor’s system at the time of collection.    The Question of Quantitative ...

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What is the Best Drug Test Panel to Order?

Every company is different and company drug free policies often spell out the test panel you will be testing for.  Our recommendation is to test for a five panel DOT Look a Like, a ten panel DOT Look a Like or a ten panel DOT Look a Like with Ex...

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Which is better for drug testing, blood or urine?

Blood is not necessarily better then urine.  Urine is the standard for workplace testing in the United States.  Blood testing is invasive and the testing is expense ($150 +) and takes 4 – 5 days.  Mistakes happen because they do...

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What are Signs That Drug or Alcohol Use is Becoming a Safety or Health Hazard at Work?

Supervisors can play a powerful role in improving workplace safety by intervening and encouraging workers with alcohol or drug problems to seek help. But just how can you tell whether a worker is misusing drugs or alcohol? Both on and off the job, s...

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What is specimen validity testing (SVT)?

Specimen validity testing (SVT) often called testing for nitrates or Test Sure (TS) is is performed on a drug screen specimen to detect substitution, adulteration, or dilution. Substitution - Submission of a specimen that is not characte...

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What is a negative dilute drug test result?

NON-DOT TESTING  Perhaps the donor drinks a lot of water, perhaps the donor is trying to cheat the test.  A dilute specimen, by definition, is a urine specimen that has a creatinine of less than 20 g/dl but greater than 2 g/dl and a speci...

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What Happens When an Employee Tests Positive?

... Employee Tests Positive ... When you find out that your employee tested positive on a drug test, here are a few things that typically happen and how to deal with them. First off you must understand that the specimen went to a laboratory fo...

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Why do Employers Conduct Post Accident Drug & Alcohol Testing?

...Post Accident Drug Testing ... Why do Employers Conduct Post Accident Drug & Alcohol Testing? Because the greatest financial benefit from drug testing comes from post-accident testing. For workplace safety Because the greatest financial ...

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What are your drug testing program for non regulated or non DOT employers?

Employer Drug & Alcohol Testing Programs - Drug Free Workplace ...Increase safety and productivity; reduce accidents, absenteeism, turnover and employee theft. Employer drug & alcohol testing are available to maintain a safe and drug free w...

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What configurations of instant testing or POCT products do you offer?

Assays Abbreviations Cut-Off Levels (ng/mL) Amphetamine AMP 1000 Barbiturates BAR 300 Benzodiazepines BZO 300 Buprenorphine BUP 10 Cocaine COC 300 Cocaine COC150 150 Ecstasy MDMA 500 Ma...

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How can I challenge the result of my positive drug test?

Employee Tests Positive for Drugs – How does a Challenge Work?   It is important that an employee be given fair treatment.  Drug testing occurs at SAMHSA certified laboratories that routinely inspected and have strict quality contro...

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