Going back to work

Putting your employee back to work after failing a drug test

August 1, 2016

§ 40.305 How does the return-to-duty process conclude? (a) As the employer, if you decide that you want to permit the employee to return to the performance of safety-sensitive functions, you must ensure that the employee takes a return-to-duty test. This test cannot occur until after the SAP has determined that the employee has successfully complied with prescribed education and/or treatment. The employee must have a negative drug test result and/or an alcohol test with... Read More »


Your driver self-admission of alcohol abuse off-duty

July 25, 2016

A driver self admits to a company official they are abusing alcohol off-duty only. Is this a violation of part 382, and does this trigger a DOT SAP evaluation? No. If the driver admits only off-duty alcohol abuse, the motor carrier may require the driver to undergo a medical evaluation pursuant to § 391.45 ( c ). If the medical examiner (ME) determines the driver has a current diagnosis of alcoholism, the ME will disqualify... Read More »


OSHA Rule Delayed to August, 10 2016

July 25, 2016

OSHA has released a communication that they will be delaying its Post-Accident Testing ruling in lieu of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAH), and other organizations, lawsuit. This rule was originally scheduled to begin August 10th but the implementation has now been moved to November 1st, 2016. This is beneficial, specifically for the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA), as they can work with NAM on how they can assist with their legal actions.... Read More »

5 Stupid Drug Testing Myths You Probably Believe

July 15, 2016

Drug testing has been around since 1986, with the signing of Ronald Reagan’s Executive Order 12564, to create a Federal drug-free workplace. It has rapidly expanded into a wide variety of non-government companies and organizations. Since then, a lot of myths about drug testing have swirled around, much like marijuana smoke billowing from Cheech Marin’s van. But much like most of his movies, these myths are absurd. Here are three If you don’t use drugs often, you won’t... Read More »

Everything You Think You Know About Drug Testing is Wrong

Urine Drug Test Results What Can I Expect

May 18, 2016

This is the drug testing process. It consists of the specimen collection, the laboratory processing and the MRO review. A Medical Review Officer (MRO) must review all tests, including negative ones. The MRO must ensure that the collection and laboratory processes were performed correctly and that there was nothing unusual either in the urine or with the laboratory procedures. Laboratory processing of specimens does not have a guaranteed time frame. The examples given below are... Read More »

6 Myths About Taking Painkillers

6 Myths About Taking Painkillers

February 21, 2016

The National Governor’s Association recently requested help from the federal government stemming the tide of the epidemic of painkiller abuse across the US. Days ago, the President declined that request. Why are state governors so concerned with opioids when marijuana makes such great news? Painkillers cost businesses in their states billions of dollars each year. It’s one of the most commonly abused drugs in the US workplace. Opiates are highly addictive, but because of their... Read More »