What are some benefits of accurate drug testing?
Save Money - Eliminating drug use effectively reduces the number of worker's compensation claims, the cost of hiring and training new employees, and the cost of company liability insurance.
Save Time - Drug users are more likely to be poor employees or change employers.
Increase Productivity - Drug free employees tend to work faster, better, and make fewer mistakes. They have fewer absences, and less tardiness.
Drug testing benefits everyone.
The benefits of drug testing at work do not only apply to the employer. The employees benefit from a drug-tested workplace as well.
Drug-tested employees are less likely to be drug-users. Working with drug-users can be a problem. The effects of drug use range from irritability, paranoia, and hallucinations, to tardiness and absenteeism. Employees could be picking up the slack for someone, through no fault of their own. Efficiently drug-tested personnel are less likely to abuse illegal substances, and will therefore be a better co-worker.
Drug-free workplaces are safer. According to the US Department of Labor, a drug-free workplace is a safer workplace. Working in a drug-free environment means less accidents happening around every employee, less mistakes and above all, it means all employees are less at risk. Feeling safer at work, especially in positions involving dangerous worksites, is important.
Drug tested co-workers are likely to be more reliable.
If your company is efficiently drug testing employees, those employees are less likely to use/abuse illegal drugs.
Those abusing illegal drugs are subject to a multitude of unfortunate side effects.
Based on these findings, one can rightfully conclude the following:
If my company uses drug testing as a personnel improvement/maintenance strategy, my co-workers are less likely to be drug-users. Therefore, my co-workers have less of a chance of making poor decisions which affect my safety, and less of a chance of being irritable, hallucinogenic, and unreliable, among other things.
Drug Testing and Program Management Services
Once you decide that workplace drug testing is right for your company, we can walk you through the process of what it is your company needs, starting with a custom drug testing policy. See the list below for other options available to help keep your workplace safe.
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Make sure you hire the right people. Pre-employment drug testing has a variety of benefits.
According to a study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, one-fifth of (19%) of companies experienced an increase in employee productivity after the implementation of a drug testing program, employers with high absenteeism rates (more than 15%) reported a decreased rate, over 56% of companies with high worker’s compensation incidence rates reported a significant drop in claims, and 16% of companies reported a net employee turnover decrease.
The Benefits of Pre-Employment Drug Screens
- Increase in Productivity
- Decrease in Absenteeism
- Decrease in Worker's Compensation Instances
- Decrease in Employee Turnover
Occupational Drug Testing can test of any type of drug, even the newer synthetic versions. Drug test panels can be fully customized to meet your needs.
Types of Pre-Employment Drug Testing
- Urine Testing
- Hair Testing
Candidates can be sent in to any ODT clinic office for a urine drug screen or hair test. Urine testing is the most common method of substance detection. The cost is reasonable, and almost all substances can be found in the urine. ODT is capable of testing for any drug, by developing a customized drug testing panel based on your needs. Hair Follicle Drug Testing: This method is a little pricier, but the best method for determining drug use farther back in time. Hair follicle testing has the capability to detect drug use 60-90 days in the past.
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Compliant and Effective Random Drug Testing
Random drug testing is a proven way to deter employee drug use. Whether you are required by DOT to have a federally compliant drug testing program, or you see the value of having a drug free workplace, you've come to the right place. Occupational Drug Testing has been managing effective random drug testing programs for more than 15 years.
According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, in 2011, there were 19.1 million past month users of marijuana in the U.S. The rate increased from 5.8 percent to 7 percent between 2007 and 2011, bringing the number of users from 14.5 to 18.1 million. About 23% of the U.S workforce reported exposure to a co-worker who used or was impaired by alcohol during the workday and approximately 13% of the workforce reported exposure to a co-worker who used or was impaired by an illicit drug during the workday.
Employees could pass a pre-employment screen, but start using drugs once they are safely hired. The choices these workers make is up to them, but it’s up to you to make them think twice about poor decisions, with random drug testing. It’s a convenient, and sometimes required, way to maintain the safest, most efficient employees after their initial hire.
If you require a DOT random drug testing program;
We'll act as your consultant and liaison to ensure your program remains compliant with DOT drug testing regulations. We establish individual random drug testing consortiums for each DOT agency, and we monitor them year-round. If you prefer, we can establish your own company consortium. You will be assigned a program administrator who will work with you to update your employee list, establish the required MIS reports, and answer your program related questions.
We are trusted by more than 1,000 companies to manage their random drug testing programs.
If you want a drug free workplace;
Random drug testing is a great way to help you achieve it. The fact is, you don't need to test that many people to reduce drug use. Once employees know they are subject to random testing, word will spread quickly. When a couple people are selected for testing, employees will think twice before using drugs.
We'll work with you to achieve a drug free workplace as cost effectively as possible.
How Random Drug Testing Works
Send us a list of your employees who are subject to testing. If you are DOT regulated, let us know what operating agency you fall under and we'll handle the rest. If you are not federally mandated, let us know how many employees you want tested, and how often you want them tested. We use our random selection technology to eliminate bias and provide accurate random selections.
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24/7 On-site Post Accident Testing in New England.
Occupational Drug Testing has a fleet of fully functional mobile on-site testing vehicles. These MTVs are operated by professional Certified Collectors, which bring the secure collection site to you, right on location. Accidents happen, and are sometimes inevitable. Ruling out drug and/or alcohol use can make a critical difference in the decisions made following an accident. The drug testing mobile units will get to you fast, and can test the employee(s) involved in the accident, which makes the process easy.
Our mobile drug and alcohol testing vehicles are on the road in New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and southern Maine 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call our emergency post-accident hotline and a certified collector will be dispatched to the scene.
All accidents have drug testing guidelines to be followed, based on which division of the Department of Transportation the employee falls under. Please click here for a full guide to FAA, FMCSA, FRA, FTA, PHMSA and USCG Post-Accident Guidelines.
- Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Post-Accident Drug Testing
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Post-Accident Drug Testing
- Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Post-Accident Drug Testing
- Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Post-Accident Drug Testing
- Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Post-Accident Drug Testing
- United States Coast Guard (USCG) Post-Accident Drug Testing
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Drug Testing for Cause: It's more important than you think.
In 2011, there were 19.1 million past month users of marijuana in the U.S. The rate increased from 5.8 percent to 7 percent between 2007 and 2011, bringing the number of users from 14.5 to 18.1 million.*
About 23% of the U.S workforce reported exposure to a co-worker who used or was impaired by alcohol during the workday and approximately 13% of the workforce reported exposure to a co-worker who used or was impaired by an illicit drug during the workday.*
Studies show that drug abuse in the workplace is happening on a regular basis—whether we see it or not. Although it may not happen on office grounds, research shows that even drug and alcohol abuse that takes place during off-work hours can negatively impact productivity and may also cause serious safety hazards on the job. While you can't stop it from happening all together, as a supervisor you can be aware of when it is happening, and you can take the appropriate actions to prevent it from happening again and/or as often.
Drug testing for cause is not done nearly as often as it should be, mostly due to a lack of knowing how to spot it and what to do. That's where we come in. In addition to an array of drug testing services, ODT also provides clients with Supervisor Signs and Symptoms Training to help employers spot workplace drug use.
ODT is there for you and your staff, 24/7.
At Occupational Drug Testing, we know that when it comes to Reasonable Suspicion Drug Testing, time is of the essence. In fact, timing is crucial in obtaining accurate and efficient drug test results. Occupational Drug Testing's fleet of fully functional mobile vehicles are operated by professional Certified Collectors, which bring the secure collection site to you, right on location.
Whether you're mandated by law or simply trying to keep your workplace drug-free for the safety and reputation of the organization, ODT can guide you through it all – from helping you recognize the signs and symptoms, to administering reasonable suspicion drug testing, when you need it.
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*(2012). Frone, Michael R. ”Workplace Substance Use Climate: Prevalence and Distribution in the U.S. Workforce.” Vol. 17, No. 1. Research Institute on Addiction, State University of New York at Buffalo
We ensure that SAP recommended follow-up testing is conducted and completed.
At Occupational Drug Testing, it's our job to know DOT drug testing rules and regulations like the back of our hands. ODT understands that all follow-up drug testing regulations must be strictly adhered to in order to meet DOT drug testing compliance standards. DOT's follow-up drug testing regulations were set forth to ensure the safety of all employees in the workplace, and must be followed 100% in order to be effective in working towards maintaining a drug-free workplace. The professionally trained staff at ODT is here specifically to ensure that SAP recommended follow-up testing is conducted and completed as required by law.
To operate a drug-free workplace, the rules must be strict and they must be followed. Our professional staff here at ODT works with the Substance Abuse Professional to ensure that all DOT follow-up drug testing is done randomly, without advance notification, and that all testing is observed as required by DOT. ODT also guarantees that the required 6 tests, or more as necessary, are conducted within the first 12 months after the employee is returned to duty, as required by DOT.
To further guarantee accurate and reliable results, Occupational Drug Testing follows the DOT follow-up drug testing regulations and mandates that an employee may not refuse or defer a requested follow-up drug test. Lastly, ODT certifies that SAP mandated follow-up testing will occur for as long as the SAP determines, for up to a maximum of 60 months. At ODT, we monitor the follow-up drug testing for you, so you can rest assured that your workplace is continuing to operate drug-free.
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ODT knows DOT.
Refusing to be tested or testing positive for a drug test as mandated by DOT's drug testing regulations requires employees to be removed from performing any duties which are considered to be "safety-sensitive." To be allowed to return to work for any DOT agency after such violation requires a Return to Duty Drug Test.
Occupational Drug Testing is well aware of the many steps involved in Return to Duty Drug Testing. It is certainly not a simple process, nor should it be. More importantly, ODT knows you can't afford to be in violation of DOT's drug testing regulations. Not only is it not safe for your other employees and the livelihood of your business, but it can literally cost you - up to $10,000/day!
The expert support your business needs.
By partnering with ODT's professionally trained staff and utilizing our knowledge and resources, you are giving your company access to a high level of expertise and experience that is among the best in the industry. As an expert in our field, ODT guarantees all of the required steps will be followed according to the Department of Transportation's (DOT) regulations when performing Return to Duty Drug Tests on behalf of our clients.
As mandated by the Department of Transportation (DOT), beginning on and after August 31, 2009, Direct Observation collections are a requirement for all Return to Duty Drug Testing for DOT employees. Not only does ODT have the trained staff to handle these situations in a professional manner, but we also provide referrals to qualified SAP's (Substance Abuse Professionals) for Return to Duty and Follow up Drug Testing.
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Sure, alcohol is legal in the U.S. if you are over 21 years old, but do you want employees drinking before or during work? Breath alcohol testing is a simple method of determining whether an employee is under the influence while they are on the job. Consider the following times to perform breath alcohol testing on employees.
- Random Testing - a proven method of deterring alcohol use at work, random testing allows the employer to test the employee at any time.
- Reasonable Suspicion - if you smell alcohol on your employee's breath, or their behavior indicates they may be under the influence, it's probably a good time to do a test.
- Post Accident - anytime there is vehicle accident, it's a great idea to eliminate the possibility of drug or alcohol use.
Workplace alcohol testing is mandatory for DOT employers and a strongly recommended practice for all businesses to increase safety and reduce Workers' Compensation claims. DOT employers should refer to their workplace drug testing policy for when alcohol testing is required. An effective policy will outline the specific processes/requirements of alcohol testing.
The DOT requires alcohol testing in the following situations:
- Post Accident (Accident defined by the DOT)
- Reasonable Suspicion of Alcohol Use
- Return to Duty (Before & After Returning to Work- Post Alcohol Violation)
- Random- FAA, FMCSA, FTA & FRA
Alcohol within the body is measured in terms of Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). A BAC of .02 and above is considered a positive result by the DOT. On average, the consumption of 2 or more alcoholic beverages within the hour prior to testing will result in a positive BAC of .02 or higher. Alcohol consumption approximately 24 hours prior to alcohol testing will result in a BAC of .000
Alcohol testing programs are mandated by U.S Congress for all transportation workers. Per DOT regulations, alcohol consumption can be detected in any form including:
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Over-the-Counter Medicine
- Products Containing Alcohol
Alcohol testing is done using DOT approved instruments and devices which include:
Evidential Breath Testing (EBT): Tests the content of deep lung air
Saliva Testing: Tests the content of saliva
Breath Alcohol Testing Tubes: Tests the content of saliva
Results for both saliva and breath tube devices are read visually, if a positive occurs using either one of these the result must be confirmed by an EBT or Breathalyzer. The result given by the EBT is the one reported out.
Evidential Breath Testing devices:
- Print the results of the test in triplicate
- Provide a unique identifying number for each test
- Print the EBT name, serial number, and time of test on each report
- Ensure that the test detects only alcohol (no acetone)
- Have the ability to verify proper instrument function
The following is a brief overview of alcohol testing steps:
If your company is federally mandated, you must have an understanding of the breath alcohol testing process as required by the Department of Transportation. A certified Breath Alcohol Technician (BAT) completes alcohol testing in a private setting. Only breath devices approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are used for breath alcohol testing. All employees are required to show current, valid picture identification to the BAT prior to any test.
- To complete an alcohol test, the BAT first completes the Alcohol Test Form (ATF) along with the employee.
- The BAT selects, or allows the employee to select, a sealed mouthpiece which is opened and inserted into the testing device.
- The employee will be instructed to blow forcefully into the mouthpiece until an adequate amount of breath has been obtained (about 6 seconds).
- The BAT will then show the employee the result, print and affix the result to the AFT, and secure it with tamper evident tape.
Based on the result, there are different finishing steps. These steps will fulfill the federally-mandated Department of Transportation requirements, and are the recommended guidelines for any type of alcohol test.
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