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When Can a Driver Be Tested for Alcohol

While consuming alcohol is legal in all US states for adults over the age of 21, it's illegal for drivers to be under the influence while performing safety-sensitive tasks. Alcohol is known to cause an impaired sense of judgment and increased risky behavior on the road, which is why the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [...]

By |November 4th, 2022|Alcohol, Blog, DOT Compliance|Comments Off on When Can a Driver Be Tested for Alcohol

Refusals to Test That You Are Required to Report

In a DOT drug testing program, the end of each quarter is a hectic time. This is because most of our DOT clients are regulated by the FMCSA. The FMCSA requires that each individual selected for random testing be tested in the period in which s/he is selected. At InOut Labs, we perform DOT [...]

By |October 31st, 2022|Blog, DOT Drug Testing|Comments Off on Refusals to Test That You Are Required to Report

Do Commercial Drivers Get a Drug Test After Every Accident?

The days when truck drivers would drive for 48 hours around the country on coffee and amphetamines should be long gone. This dangerous behavior is not only a bad choice, but also illegal. Since 1991 commercial driver license (CDL) holders have been subject to federally mandated drug and alcohol testing. If you are wondering whether [...]

By |October 21st, 2022|Blog, DOT Drug Testing|Comments Off on Do Commercial Drivers Get a Drug Test After Every Accident?

Benefits of Using a Digitized Driver Qualification File Management Platform

The regulatory landscape in the transportation sector is changing rapidly. Amid the stringent regulatory requirements, even a small reporting or compliance mistake can land you in legal trouble and result in costly penalties. On top of that, a drop in your CSA score is sure to affect your business’s profitability. This is where a digitized [...]

Clearinghouse Monthly Report for May 2021

Registrations for the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse started on September 28, 2019. Individuals and organizations required to register with the Clearinghouse include: Commercial driver's license (CDL) holders Employers of commercial drivers Consortia/Third-Party Administrators (C/TPAs) Medical Review Officers (MROs) Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs) The FMCSA issued a report in May 2021 in which it published [...]

Need a COVID Test for Lollapalooza? You might.

Lollapalooza and other music festivals are up and running again all across the country. For many Chicagoans, this is the highlight of their summer. To attend Lolla, you will need proof of vaccination for COVID-19 or a negative COVID test result within 72 hours before the start of the festival. Read the Lollapalooza requirements here. [...]

Employee Drug Testing: Win-Win for both Workers and Employers

A strong drug and alcohol testing program delivers a win-win for businesses and their employees – boosting safety and morale while lowering healthcare and workers’ compensation costs. All companies can gain benefits from a testing program – whether pre-screening job candidates or periodically checking long-term employees’ wellbeing. Creating a workplace policy establishes clear guidelines for [...]

By |March 2nd, 2021|Blog, Drug Testing Policy|Comments Off on Employee Drug Testing: Win-Win for both Workers and Employers

Opiate Testing and Safety Concerns for Employers

The opioid epidemic presents serious challenges for employers. And most employers don't test for many commonly abused opioids. In 2018, the federal government added what is called "expanded opiates" to the DOT drug test panel. The expanded panel now includes many commonly prescribed pain killers and the result has been an increase in safety concern [...]

COVID testing – PCR vs. Antigen Tests

With the novel coronavirus still dominating the headlines, research is still underway to create the perfect vaccine and develop a foolproof testing method for the virus. The good news is that there are a couple of reliable tests available to diagnose COVID-19. Since the virus spreads through respiratory droplets, people working in high-density settings [...]