Substance abuse in the workforce is prevalent for about 4-5% of employees, but as you know, it has undesirable consequences on everyone in the company and the larger economy.
That’s why there are benefits to drug screens: improved employee safety, less absenteeism and lateness, and often better insurance rates. We find that pre-employment screening, as well as several other categories of drug-related testing, can be crucial in deterring drug use among your employees, keeping your people healthy, and helping your company stay compliant.
Unfortunately, in order to provide appropriate drug testing that is both compliant and respectful of your employees, employers must face a never-ending mountain of regulations and paperwork. At U.S. HealthWorks, we understand how challenging it can be to keep up with your core offering while having to worry about medical and HR related challenges, especially one as sensitive as drug testing employees. For any company operating in more than one state, this can be even more daunting — and burdensome. Not only are you dealing with different notices and communications, but also with understanding which states favor termination versus rehabilitation.
Servicing over 200 clinics nationwide, U.S. HealthWorks has the experience to help you stay on top of the latest drug testing issues, get the best out of your employees, and remain compliant at the state and federal level.
At U.S. HealthWorks, we have deep expertise in all drug testing methods. Including pre-employment, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, and random testing, our experience from working with over 23,000 companies across all fields and industries lets us deliver the best guidance for our multi-state partners.
Our commitment to providing drug screening starts at the top with our Medical Review Officers (MRO).
Our certified MROs personally oversee both national testing and testing in each of our clinics. Our test results and final determination rely with our doctor, relieving your organization from any liability. All of our MRO overseen drug and alcohol testing meets government regulations and standards set by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Department of Transportation (DOT). We work only with FDA-certified and nationally accredited laboratories using immunoassays.
To minimize stress and maximize efficiency, our team can help you manage testing results at both the state level and federal level*, specifically to meet DOT requirements that apply to:
- DOT – Department of Transportation
- FAA – Airline Industry
- FTA – Transit
- RSPA – Pipeline
- FRA – Railroad
- USCG – Coast Guard/Merchant Marine
- FMCSA – Federal Motor Carriers with:
- A vehicle with a gross weight of 26,001 pounds or more
- A vehicle which is designed to carry 16 or more passengers including the driver
- A vehicle of any size and weight that is used to transport hazardous materials
*This applies to proactive and reactive tests.
We conduct both 5 panel and 10 panel tests.
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5 PANEL TEST
- Cocaine Metabolites
- Marijuana Metabolites
- Phencyclidine (PCP, “Angel Dust”)
- Methamphetamines (“Speed”)
- Opiates (Codeine, Morphine, Heroin)
10 PANEL TEST (5 panel test +)
- MDMA (Ecstasy)
Our testing typically encompasses four drug testing categories.
- Pre-employment testing
Most employers begin the drug testing process prior to employment. According to experts, pre-employment drug testing is best done after the new employee has been selected so money isn’t spent on candidates who are not the right fit for the job. If you implement pre-employment testing, you must be consistent and test every candidate after your offer of employment.
- Post-accident testing
In the event of a job-related injury, employers should require all employees involved in the accident to be tested for the presence of drugs. If you are suspicious of the circumstances surrounding an accident, post-accident drug testing can help protect you and your company from any potential legal implications. Be sure that your company policy states who needs to be tested and when.
- Random testing
Random drug testing can be performed throughout the year unannounced. Experts recommend that you hire a third party to manage your random drug testing practices to avoid accusations of discrimination. Local laws often dictate the specific circumstances wherein random testing of employees can be conducted, so be sure to confer with your local government before conducting random drug testing.
- Reasonable suspicion testing
Reasonable suspicion drug testing is often the most difficult aspect of a drug testing program. To reduce risks, have your assigned evaluators undergo professional training so they’ll be aware of the signs and symptoms of drug abuse.
We deliver secure results, with a focus on chain of custody and privacy paperwork.
While your reason for testing may vary, our approach is built on a comprehensive and proven model:
- We only have certified collectors on site in our urgent care clinics.
- Our samples are bar-coded and sent directly to the testing facility.
- Results are shared back with our MRO who will review them with the patient and discuss any alternative medical explanations for positive results.
- Our doctors are careful to communicate all the options along with the right of repeal for each test result.
- All of our testing results are recorded electronically in a secure facility. We typically report our results within 24 hours of receiving lab results.