Q – Who is allowed access to my test results?
Q – Will you notify the authorities if I test positive for an illicit substance?
Q – Do I need a written “Drug Free Workplace Policy” before testing an employee?
Q – Is there a difference in the testing laboratories?
Q – What drugs are usually tested for?
Q – How long are drugs retained in the body?
Q – Why do I (as an employer), need a “Drug Free Workplace Policy”?
Q – What is an “ETG” test?
Q – What is a D.O.T. test and why is it different?
A – This test is governed by the Federal regulations (department of transportation), concerning drug & alcohol testing. Drivers who operate a vehicle in excess of 26,000 lbs. are under this type of testing authority, as are pipeline workers, airplane pilots, and Coast Guard personnel.
Q – How does a hair test work?
A – The hair provides a historical test result that can display drug usage for the previous 90 days.
Q – Is a saliva test very accurate?
A – YES. The window of detection can be somewhat narrower than a urine screen on certain drugs.
Q – How long does alcohol stay in the system after ingestion?
A – The definition of a “drink” is an alcoholic beverage containing 0.060 oz. of alcohol. A normal size person with average metabolism will dissipate 1 “drink” from their system in approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes AFTER ingestion.
Q – When will the test results be available?
A – We can perform an immediate result test that is readable in 5 – 8 minutes. The laboratory based test result takes about 24 – 48 hours to become available.
Q – If I am an owner-operator of a CDL (commercial driver’s license) required vehicle, do I still have to test?
A – YES. You are only exempt from the regulations if the vehicle is used in a farming operation. You are also required to have a FMCSA (federal motor carriers safety administration) written drug & alcohol policy.
Q – Where do I find information regarding the D.O.T. regulations?
A – You can call us at 970-249-1113 or access the web site for FMCSA at: www.dot/gov
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