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” »

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” »

Choosing the Right Panels For Your Company’s Drug Testing Program

Employees can be a company’s greatest asset–or the greatest liability. Average employers actually pay twice their employees’ salary in taxes, benefits, and training costs. The cost of replacing a salaried employee is equivalent to six to nine months of their pay. Employees are valuable investments that need to be looked after. One of the best ways to protect and provide for your workforce investment is with drug testing services. Let’s take a look at drug testing options for businesses in the greater Kansas City area:

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