One of our drivers just had surgery and is on pain medication. He was selected for Random drug testing but is afraid that he will have a positive test result. Can we send an alternate?
This one can be complicated.
If the employee is not presently working and available to perform safety-sensitive functions, he should not go for testing at this time. Document the reason and select an alternate.
If the individual is driving, or available to drive, did the prescribing physician know that he drives for a living? The doctor may decide he shouldn’t drive while on the pain medication or may be able to prescribe something different that won’t affect his driving.
Should the result come back positive, the MRO would call him and discuss the result and the driver would would be asked to produce the prescription which the MRO will verify. If the prescription is valid, the result will be reported as negative. BUT, the MRO may attach a safety concern.
Tim Thoelecke, CSAPA, is the founder of InOut Labs.
InOut Labs is a nationwide provider of employee drug testing services, and your best choice for affordable, direct-to-consumer health tests. Tim Thoelecke is a Certified Substance Abuse Program Administrator, Breath Alcohol Technician Trainer and a Certified Professional Collector Trainer, certified in drug and alcohol testing for DOT and non-DOT employers. He is a graduate of Duke University, the Keller Graduate School of Business, the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, and he founded InOut Labs to help employers and individuals take control of their health, culture and safety. InOut Labs also provides corporate wellness screenings, flu shot clinics, DNA testing and direct-to-consumer lab tests and B12 shots.
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