How Drugs Can Affect Your Heart’s Health

 

Many, if not all, illegal drugs can have adverse effects on your heart, including abnormal heart rate and even heart attacks. Injecting illegal drugs can lead to cardiovascular issues, like collapsed veins and bacterial infections of the blood vessels and heart valves. Continue reading “How Drugs Can Affect Your Heart’s Health” »

Why You Need a Professional Company for Your Workplace Drug Testing

Your company’s HR department might help you with many things, but you should leave employment drug testing to the professionals. While internal workplace drug testing may seem like a good idea, you could end up having major issues as time goes on; that’s why you need a professional drug testing company like Test Smartly Labs to conduct your workplace drug testing program.

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You Have Your CDL; Now What?

Congratulations! You have joined drivers across the nation who have chosen commercial driving as their profession. You passed your course and the driving test, so you’re ready to start driving, right? Not quite. There are still some tests you’ll need to pass before you get behind the wheel of a big rig. One of those tests is a DOT physical to ensure that you’re healthy enough to hit the road.  Continue reading “You Have Your CDL; Now What?” »

Increased Rates of U.S. Workers Testing Positive for Illicit Drugs

 

Past data taken from millions of workplace-related drug tests show that U.S. workers testing positive for illicit drug use is now at its highest level in a decade.

Detection of illicit drugs— ranging from marijuana to heroin to methamphetamine—increased both for the general workforce and the “safety-sensitive” workforce, which includes those operating large pieces of machinery such as truck drivers, pilots, subway engineers, ship captains, and other transportation workers. Continue reading “Increased Rates of U.S. Workers Testing Positive for Illicit Drugs” »

The Rules and Regulations Behind DOT-Approved Restrooms

If you’re in the transportation industry in Kansas City, you probably know all about DOT testing. If you employ individuals to drive your vehicles, you fall under regulations for DOT drug and alcohol testing. This program mandated by the federal government serves to protect drivers, employers, passengers, and passersby. DOT testing involves following strict rules and regulations, with one of those being the restroom in which the urine sample is collected. Continue reading “The Rules and Regulations Behind DOT-Approved Restrooms” »

Ten Tips for Motivating Employees

Staff morale is more complicated to measure than sales but the morale in your office is essential to the success of your organization. The mental wellbeing and satisfaction of your staff are important for your business because unhappy employees have a higher chance of being unproductive.

If you do not address the issue of unmotivated employees early on, your business may incur costs later due to high turnover and inefficiency. Motivating your employees is not necessarily expensive. Learn how to apply basic principles of motivation to your workplace. Continue reading “Ten Tips for Motivating Employees” »

How to Excel at Time Management

Time is scarce in our busy lives. It’s even more precious in the corporate world. Mastering time management is a crucial skill for any business leader, and it’s an important value to pass on to your employees.  Continue reading “How to Excel at Time Management” »

DOT Four-Opioid Panel Testing Rule Finalized

Last fall, the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) made a final ruling on the proposed rules to include opioids in their drug testing panel for safety-sensitive employees. The proposal went into effect on January 1st of this year. What does this mean for employees who must abide by DOT regulations?  Continue reading “DOT Four-Opioid Panel Testing Rule Finalized” »

DOT Drug Testing & Safety-Sensitive Jobs

 

A more intense DOT testing process began earlier this year. On January 1, 2018, in addition to the existing DOT drug testing panel that includes marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, phencyclidine (PCP), and opiates, drivers also started being tested for four semi-synthetic opioids: hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone.  Continue reading “DOT Drug Testing & Safety-Sensitive Jobs” »

How to Host a Successful Fall Health Fair

If you’re a Kansas City employer, you know what fall means. We’re not just talking about football games and bonfires. Open enrollment is just around the corner. One way to kick off the season is an employee health fair. Health fairs can educate employees on wellness tips and encourage them to take steps toward preventive and/or diagnostic care. If you’re interested in hosting a health fair for your employees, here are a few recommendations: Continue reading “How to Host a Successful Fall Health Fair” »