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Operating After Hours? Know your After Hour Drug and Alcohol Testing Options

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Have a company that requires employees to operate after hours? If so, it is imperative to know your after-hour drug and alcohol testing options.

Most importantly, you must ensure that your state laws allow you to test for reasons that could result in having to test after hours. For instance, 5 states do not allow post-accident testing. For states that do allow such tests, it is important to know how to administer the testing processes at all possible times of a work day. These are important topics to consider when constructing a full functioning and up to date drug and alcohol company policy in which your company depends on for guidance and stability.

What could require After Hour Testing?

Reasonable Suspicion testing is used when an employee is showing signs of being physically or mentally impaired on the job. This type of testing is extremely sensitive to administer due to its subjective nature. After Hour Drug testing, can come into play for Reasonable Suspicion situations for companies who operate after hours and who are far away from any certified clinics.

Post-Accident testing is used when an employee is involved in a workplace accident. This testing it is essential to find out whether substance abuse played a key role in the accident or not. Drug testing directly after an accident can get difficult if it’s not during the typical work day and hours. For example, if an accident takes place at 3:00am during the week or on a Saturday, how do you test your employees involved?

Your Options.

24/Hour Clinic

Your first thought should be to locate a 24/hour clinic. However, this option is not guaranteed and when there is not a clinic within a decent radius, you need to consider your options. For many situations, waiting until clinics open are not valid options. If your company policy states that you test your employees following a job site accident, then you must abide by that policy and promptly test. As importantly, to get the most accurate findings on your employee, you must test immediately. Substances like alcohol have small detection windows so waiting until the morning could create a subjective situation instead of working off an objective test result.

Send the employee to the Hospital.

For the employee and the employer this can create an undesirable situation. Hospitals expose individuals to numerous sick people and if within that exposure time your employee gets sick, you’re now dealing with an employee who is unable to work. Workman’s compensation and insurance costs can come into play by having your employee go to a hospital as well. In an emergency room, a drug test will fall short on the hospitals priority list. Now, you are paying to have your employee sit in a waiting room for countless hours waiting to get tested. Lastly, some hospitals are not able to perform the exact drug or alcohol test you are looking for.

Lab Based Send In

The lab based send in option can be administered on site. With this option the specimen is collected and sent into a lab for testing. You must have the proper products, packaging and labeling material to produce valid test results.

Instant Tests

Instant Testing products allow you to test your employees for deterrent purposes. This means that you can test your employee and receive negative and non-negative results within a few minutes. Instant tests used after business hours can be administered on the job site, at a hospital, or at a 24/hour clinic.

When an instant test administered on site shows a non-negative result, that specimen should be sent in for further confirmation testing. When testing on site you must have the proper confirmation supplies which includes the proper packaging and labeling to send the specimen in to the lab. From there, a Medical Review Officer (MRO) will analyze the levels of drugs in the donor’s system. The MRO determines whether a valid prescription is responsible for the non-negative result or if substance abuse is taking place. For example, an individual who may of had a recent operation could be prescribed Vicodin. In this case, the donors test would have shown levels of opioids which without a prescription, are a frequently banned substance. By contacting the donor the MRO is able to verify the levels to ensure they fall within the doctor authorized prescription. This is an example of how a test that is originally a non-negative can prove to be negative. The major benefit of using an instant test on site is for negative results, employees can get right back to work without having to travel.

24/hour Nationwide Collector.

Although this option can be pricey, an on-call collector can come to you and collect the required specimen in a time of need. This eliminates the demand for travel and insures that your employee is getting tested in a timely matter. On site collectors can administer your preferred testing option such as a lab based or instant test. This option does reduce some costs by minimizing your employees wait time and ensures that the specimen reflects the employees current state. Lastly, having an on-site collector will eliminate legality issues that could arise if you collect the specimen internally rather than hiring a third party.

Origin Can Help.

Origin can provide it all. Origins platform allows you to digitally schedule drug tests, monitor the entire process and store your results. Origin is an expert in the industry and is digitally integrated with clinics across the nation. Never be without a drug testing option again by putting your trust and business into Origin.


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