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Onsite drug testing is a convenient and economical method employers can use to determine if current employees or job applicants are using drugs. They help to identify evidence of recent use of prescription drugs or illicit drugs. There are many reasons why it is in the best interest of a company to drug test their current workforce and any potential new hires.

Common reasons for implementing onsite drug testing:
• Prevent hiring drug abusers
• Decrease lost time at work
• Decreased absenteeism
• Increase workplace safety
• Lessen the likelihood of workplace theft
• Provide a safer workplace
• Increase productivity
• Lessen accidents at work and workers compensation claims

What Type of Drug Testing Should I Preform?

The most common form of drug testing performed is pre-employment screening.  It’s a proactive measure to help protect a company from the possible negative impacts of hiring a drug abuser. Other common forms include post-accident, random, reasonable suspicion, and periodic.  In most cases privately owned companies can decide what type of drug testing they will perform, unless they are subjected to certain federal regulations due to safety-sensitive positions. For example there are federally regulated drug testing guidelines through the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for employees that are to operate heavy machinery.  Still laws can vary state by state so it is best to check informational resources such as SAMHSA.

The Flow chart below gives a representation of the process:

Medical Review Officer (MRO) – Medical doctor who has specialized training in substance abuse testing. They review the lab results to ensure that the correct testing procedures were followed by the collector and the correct testing panel was used. A MRO is there to protect both the employer and employees. They are a third party agent.

Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GCMS) – Analytical method that combines Gas chromatography and mass spectrometry to identify the contents within a test sample. This method eliminates the possibility of cross reactivity and provides an exact nano-gram reading of the drugs within the sample.

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