Alcohol Testing Without a Breathalyzer

In the midst of a global pandemic with confusing and conflicting information about how the coronavirus is transmitted, many breath alcohol technicians are uncomfortable conducting breath tests. Makes sense. Even with precautions, including using a private area outdoors, there is an individual exhaling strongly in close proximity to the BAT (Breath Alcohol Technician). The BAT [...]

By |June 11th, 2020|Alcohol, DOT Drug Testing|Comments Off on Alcohol Testing Without a Breathalyzer

EtG Alcohol Test for Zero Tolerance

What the Heck is EtG? Ethyl Glucuronide, aka EtG, is a metabolite of ethanol. A metabolite is simply what your body produces in response to the ingestion of ethanol. Two Types Of EtG Testing Hair follicle EtG alcohol test – Hair is cut at skin level (not actually the follicle) and sent to the lab [...]

By |February 4th, 2019|Alcohol|Comments Off on EtG Alcohol Test for Zero Tolerance

Random Drug Testing: What happens if a selected employee is not available for testing?

It depends. Clearly if the employee has been terminated, he can’t be tested. But what if he’s sick when the on-site drug test collector shows up? Or he’s on vacation? For non-regulated (N0n-DOT) employers, it’s really up to the employer and the written drug-free workplace policy. It’s recommended, though, that you follow the DOT model [...]

By |November 26th, 2018|Alcohol, Drug FAQ, Drugs|Comments Off on Random Drug Testing: What happens if a selected employee is not available for testing?

OSHA: Post-accident drug and alcohol testing is an important part of a drug-free workplace.

Post-accident drug and alcohol testing is alive and well. On October 11, 2018, OSHA published a memorandum clarifying that there is no prohibition against post-accident drug and alcohol testing. Previously, OSHA indicated that employers could not use “drug testing (or the threat of drug testing) as a form of adverse action against employees who report injuries [...]

By |October 23rd, 2018|Alcohol, Drugs|Comments Off on OSHA: Post-accident drug and alcohol testing is an important part of a drug-free workplace.

Article on “Addiction in the Workplace” published on Irrigation & Green Industry Network

With workplace addiction at an all-time high, many landscape contractors are choosing more proactive steps to ensure that their workforce is safe, healthy and productive. When it comes to substance abuse in the workplace, unfortunately, an accident is often the first clue that a problem exists. And, more often than not, the injured party is [...]

Addiction in the Workplace is at an All-Time High

With workplace addiction at an all-time high, many businesses are choosing more proactive steps to ensure that their workforce is healthy and productive. Unfortunately, an accident is often the first clue that a problem exists. American businesses lose 81 billion dollars per year due to drug use – most of which is incurred before the [...]

Do You Really Need a Medical Review Officer (MRO)?

  Yes. A BIG FAT yes. Some companies mistakenly think that getting drug test results directly from a lab or from an in-house-administered instant test is good enough. And after reading this, they may still consider it worth the risk. But make no mistake. There are risks. Ultimately, you are responsible for ensuring [...]

What if that new hire failed a drug or alcohol test at the last job?

If it’s a truck driver, it’s your responsibility to find out. Many employers make an offer of employment contingent upon the results of a criminal background check and drug test. If the candidates pass, they’re hired. Employers regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation, however, have another important requirement. First, you must ask the new [...]

Can POST-ACCIDENT drug testing reduce workers comp claims?

A worker has an accident. Someone may or may not be hurt. Perhaps the incident could have been averted with a decent random testing program, but it’s too late to think about that. Note to self: “Add random testing program to next week’s company meeting agenda.” Now what? Will there be a claim? What's it going [...]

Would you rather build a fence at the top of a cliff, or park an ambulance at the bottom?

Would you rather build a fence at the top of a cliff, or park an ambulance at the bottom? That’s why we wear seat belts. It’s why we cook our chicken thoroughly. It’s why we watch our blood pressure and cholesterol. And it’s why we create safe workplaces. We want to prevent tragic [...]