Drug & Alcohol Testing

A drug and alcohol-free workplace improves safety, productivity and promotes a more stable work environment.

Substance and Alcohol Abuse Testing helps ensure employees are responsible and following company policy. Most employers have a drug-free workplace policy, but how effective is the policy if it does not clearly outline enforcement of a drug test for events such as:

  • Pre-employment
  • Post-accident testing
  • Reasonable suspicion
  • Random retention testing
  • Annual retention testing

Key Takeaways:

  • Enforces corporate drug and alcohol policy
  • Maintain regulatory compliance
  • Ensure a safe and productive workforce

Studies show up to 25% of employees report consuming alcohol at least once while on the clock. Are you ready to test?

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Partnering with someone who properly collects and tests a specimen is increasingly necessary with the accessibility of adulterants.

From external or fake urine kits, to teas and supplements used for dilution, employees have a variety of options in an attempt to manipulate test results. 

That’s why we have teamed up with LabCorp Solutions, Quest Diagnostics and Alere eScreen – experienced leaders in specimen collection and substance and alcohol abuse testing. As a Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) member, Choice Screening understands the standards required to manage an effective substance and alcohol abuse screening program.

Drug and alcohol testing is used by a variety of employers, most prominent in accident prone environments such as construction and manufacturing as well as trucking, transportation and municipalities. Others, such as DOT and healthcare, use drug testing to ensure regulatory compliance. However, all employers seeking to enforce a drug-free workplace policy needs someone they can rely on.

  • icon-over-15000-testing-sites-collectivelyOver 15,000 testing sites collectively

  • icon-online-schedulingOnline scheduling where available

  • icon-industry-leading-providersSupported by industry leading providers

  • icon-MRO-serviceMRO service

  • icon-Fast-turnaroundFast turnaround

  • icon-DOTcompliantDOT compliant

Here's what you and your employees can usually expect:

Collections sites perform initial testing to confirm the validity of the specimen, such as temperature and appearance. The specimen is then sent to the lab where it is tested for the specific drugs on the panel. Negative drug and alcohol test results are usually returned within days of specimen collection while positive tests are reviewed by board-certified Medical Review Officers (MROs) to confirm permissible use of controlled substances.

The most commonly used drug and alcohol test due to ease of collection, flexibility of options and cost effectiveness is the urine sample. This type of test is especially ideal for pre-employment, post-accident, reasonable suspicion and random/regular drug screening as part of a drug and alcohol enforcement policy. Urine specimens are collected at one of thousands of collection sites and sent to the lab for testing. Negative results are returned within days, while positive results are sent to the MRO to confirm legal use of controlled substances, such as a valid prescription, and verification of results.
Hair testing is an ideal test, resulting in twice the number of positive tests due to the long detection window of up to 90 days, according to Quest Diagnostics. Unlike urine drug screening (which has a 2 to 3 day detection window depending on the drug and readily available adulterants), hair testing is tamper resistant as approximately 100-120 hairs are cut directly from the donor’s head. The slightly higher cost of this test makes it appropriate for pre-employment drug tests and random drug screening, where long-term observation is beneficial.
Rapid drug and alcohol tests provide negative results within hours for employers when time is of the essence by eliminating logistical and reporting delays. Over the years, the quality and reliability of rapid testing has significantly improved, although available drugs are still limited. Some tests may still be sent for additional MRO review so results within hours is not guaranteed and site availability is more limited than hair and urine collection sites.
Requirements for safety-sensitive transportation industries includes drug and alcohol testing as regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Guidance and regulation can be found at transportation.gov. DOT testing require adherence to specific procedures and practices in order to remain compliant. Choice Screening’s available DOT testing helps employers effectively manage their DOT compliance.
Drug and alcohol testing at the workplace hasn't been any easier! Oral Fluid Drug and Alcohol Testing allows employers to collect saliva samples non-invasively using on-hand kits and send the sample directly to LabCorp for testing. Oral Fluid Testing includes several common drug classes, with a detection window of 5 to 48 hours after drug use. Although testing is limited in comparison to hair or urine testing, the convenience of on-demand specimen collection in just over 3 minutes makes this a useful option for many employers.

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Drugs or alcohol are present in nearly every workplace. The variable is to what degree. Find out why Choice Screening is known for being reliable, accurate and professional - and why that matters!

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