About Tim

Tim Thoelecke is a certified Breath Alcohol Technician Trainer and a DATIA Certified Professional Collector Trainer, trained in drug and alcohol testing for DOT and non-DOT businesses. He founded InOut Labs, www.InOutLabs.com, a Chicago-based business that tests employees all over the U.S. to help with the challenges businesses face particularly related to safety and productivity.

Policies can counter safety hazards from prescription misuse

A survey done by National Safety Council found that 70% of workplaces have been impacted by employee misuse of prescription drugs. Link to the survey here. Quote: Tim Thoelecke Jr., president of Morton Grove, Illinois-based InOut Labs, which provides employee drug testing services nationwide, said the cost to test for such drugs isn’t prohibitive. He believes companies likely [...]

By | March 16th, 2017|Drugs|0 Comments

Vitamin B12 Shots Might Make You Feel Better

Low energy, confusion, sleep problems, memory problems, irritability and mood swings.  If you have any of these (Many of us do), you may be deficient in Vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is not like other vitamins and many of us benefit from supplementation. In fact, a Tufts University study suggests 40 percent of [...]

By | August 22nd, 2016|Blog, Health & Wellness|0 Comments

4 Frequently Asked Questions About Your Drug Policy

Q. Do I have to allow medical or recreational use of marijuana since it is legal in my state? A. The short answer is no. So far. Up to this point, every time an employee has challenged a company’s drug policy, the company has prevailed.  The operational word, though, is “policy.” If your company has [...]

By | May 6th, 2016|Blog, Drugs|0 Comments

As marijuana use becomes “normalized,” employers face more risk

Workplace drug testing has become more important in 2016 than ever before. It is no secret that the number of people in the United States who use marijuana is growing rapidly. Hollywood seems to cash in on the sensationalism as producers such as Chuck Lorre are working on new comedy series, portraying the use of [...]

By | May 4th, 2016|Blog, Drugs|0 Comments

What You Probably Don’t Know About Opioids in the Workplace

"Drug overdoses, predominately from opioids, now exceed car crashes as the leading cause of unintentional death."  --National Safety Council In its publication “The proactive role employers can take: OPIOIDS IN THE WORKPLACE,” The National Safety Council describes, “a disturbing trend [which] has been emerging in the workplace, and it is driven by the use and [...]

By | May 3rd, 2016|Blog, Drugs|0 Comments

5 Sound Ways to Reduce Workers’ Comp Claims and Costs, and Improve Safety

One out of three owners of small businesses say that workers’ comp costs are challenging their bottom line. Many states offer a mandated workers comp discount for drug-free workplace programs. That alone illustrates their effectiveness. 1) Promote a safety culture — persistently Constant messaging about safety helps promote a safety culture. When you interview new [...]

By | April 29th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

A thumb is worth four times as much as a big toe?

Many years ago, I remember driving through the state of Pennsylvania. As you entered the state, there was a menu which described the fines for speeding. It was memorable because you could decide what level of fine you were willing to risk by going 5, 10, or 50 mph over the speed limit. It was [...]

By | April 27th, 2016|Blog, Drugs|0 Comments

3 Reasons to Update Your Substance Use Policy Immediately

The substance abuse landscape is changing rapidly, and companies are advised to keep up, or there may be a price to pay.   1) What’s in your panel? A drug test detects only what you test for. If you want to detect Oxycontin, you have to test for it. Many companies have employees that fall [...]

By | April 25th, 2016|Blog, Drugs|0 Comments

Can I make an employee or job candidate pay for his own drug test?

Interestingly, we have people come into our clinic who have been told by the boss to take a drug test. The employee pays for it. No reason is given, but if someone comes in with money and wants a test, we’ll sell it to them. I’m actually not sure what the law says about employers sending [...]

By | April 22nd, 2016|Blog, Drugs|0 Comments

4 Tips to Reduce Workplace Injuries

Workplace injuries can be expensive and disruptive. And besides, who wants someone to get hurt? Despite employers’ hopes that employees will use good judgment, it doesn’t always work that way, and employers are burdened with the responsibility of keeping the workplace safe. If you are in human resources, you need to protect your employees AND [...]

By | April 20th, 2016|Blog, Drugs, Health & Wellness|0 Comments