A multitude of organizations require pre-employment and ongoing drug screening to ensure a drug-free work environment. Courts sometimes issue mandatory random drug testing for people on probation for certain crimes, such as driving under the influence.
Chauffeurs, taxi drivers, bus drivers and others who operate with a commercial driver’s license are subject to mandatory random drug screening. Pilots, train operators, and other public transportation employees are also required to undergo screening. Under California law, any organization with a state contract must require its employees to obtain random drug screening.
There are many well-researched and well-documented benefits associated with an employee drug testing and pre-employment drug screening program, which may include:
Alcohol testing is done separately for DOT screening which otherwise tests for five drugs:
For the test, urine is collected and secured. The process follows chain-of-custody protocols designed to ensure the specimen comes from the individual being tested and that it’s not tampered with before undergoing analysis. Every step in the testing process is documented on a chain-of-custody form.
For DOT testing, the initial urine specimen is split into two samples and both are tested to confirm accuracy. Once testing is complete, the lab provides the designated medical review officer (MRO) with a detailed report of the findings. As a certified MRO, Dr. Quinonez then studies the results and files his own report with the appropriate agency or employer.
While the collection process is much the same for non-DOT screening, your employer may request screening for additional drugs, including:
Dr. Quinonez first performs a screening breath test. If the result shows an alcohol concentration of less than 0.02%, the test is considered negative and your employer is provided with a copy of the results.
If the initial test is 0.02% or greater, a second test is done 15 minutes later. If this test confirms the high reading, your employer is notified of the results and actions are taken as outlined by DOT regulations.
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