Category Archives: Drugs Testing Regulations

OSHA says most Post-injury drugs testing is unlawful

In a ruling to take effect November 1, 2016, OSHA bans blanket testing after a workplace injury. Company policies which require all workers to be tested when seeking treatment for a work injury are considered “retaliatory” by OSHA, and so are not allowable. This ruling does not apply to DOT or other government regulated testing. Post-injury testing WILL be allowed IF “drug use is likely to have contributed to the accident and for which the test can accurately identify impairment.” Companies with policies requiring post-injury drugs testing should re-evaluate and revise with consideration of this ruling. Consultation services are available through CMR.

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Company policy on substance abuse

Many employees are subject to testing for illicit drugs use and alcohol intoxication as a condition of employment. It is important for employers who require such testing to have in place a written policy defining who will be tested, under what circumstances, by what means, and with what response to various possible test results. This policy should be developed with medical advice and legal input, based on the particular goals of the company. This policy should be developed with medical advice and legal input. It should be based on the particular goals for the company. This is not a policy to be created and then left to rest. Substance abuse …

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Selection of Specimen Collection and Testing Sites

In urine drugs testing, collection of the specimen is critically important . If drivers are in Northern California and able to have testing and specimen collection performed at our parent company, Occupational Health Services, you can be assured that all collectors and alcohol testing technicians are qualified, experienced, and certified. However, if testing might be needed at another location, you should evaluate possible collection and testing sites in advance. In selecting a collection and testing site, consider the following: Be sure to know the facility’s specimen collection hours. There will generally be a cut off time for collections, earlier than the closing time of the clinic. This is to allow …

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