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DISA’s Drug Testing & Background calculator uses the historical 12-24 months of drug test and background screening data in safety-sensitive industries (Oil & Gas, Chemical, Industrial) to forecast the positivity rates for a company as they begin drug testing. Read more

Drug Testing: Essential Safety Tool or Reporting Deterrent?

Given the current opioid crisis, drug screening is an important part of creating a safe workplace especially for safety-sensitive positions. Each type of drug test presents its own benefits and challenges, including prehire testing, random testing, reasonable suspicion testing, post-incident testing, and return-to-duty and follow-up testing. In 2016, OSHA further fueled the controversial fire when […]

You Suspect an Employee is Using Drugs: What Now?

According to Bob Rosners book, The Bosss Survival Guide, five ways to be more proactive about potential drug abuse problems include: Looking for signs like mood changes, altered appearance, diminished returns on performance and problems with relationships; documenting employee performance; seeking professional advice; approaching the person out of concern; and presenting a plan and how […]

New OSHA Guidance: Certain Safety Incentive Programs, Post- Accident Drug Tests Permissible

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released regulation 29 C.F.R 1904.35(b)(1)(iv) that prohibits employers from discharging or discriminating against an employee for reporting a work-related injury or illness. Clarification of OSHAs Position on Workplace Safety Incentive Programs and Post-Incident Drug Testing Under 29 C.F.R. 1904.35(b)(1)(iv) clarifies that safety incentive programs are retaliatory and […]

OSHA Clarifies Its Position on Post-Accident Drug Testing; States That Most Instances of Workplace Drug Testing Are Permissible

In early October, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) stated that 29 C.F.R. 1904.35()(1)(iv) does not prohibit workplace safety incentive programs or post-incident drug testing. In addition, OSHA defined permissible instances as random drug testing, drug testing unrelated to the reporting of a work-related injury or illness, drug testing under a state workers compensation […]

Marijuana Positives in the US Are on the Rise How Does Your State Rank?

According to a recent report from Quest Diagnostics, Oregon is the state with the most positive workplace-related marijuana tests. Data was collected from more than 10 million drug tests, revealing that 4.64 percent of Oregons workplace drug tests last year were positive for marijuana. In July 2015, Oregon voters approved the legal personal use of […]

Marijuana-Derived Drug Expecting Schedule II or III Drug Classification from FDA and DEA

Although marijuana still is classified under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) as a Schedule I substance, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Epidiolex for sale in the U.S. This first prescription drug derived from the marijuana plant is designed to treat seizures for Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome. GW Pharmaceuticals expects to make the […]

Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

Employers across the state of Ohio have plenty of questions now that the use of medical marijuana has been legalized. But those with questions can rest easy since nothing has changed within the company unless the employer wants to make changes. Employees still can be terminated and applicants can be denied for use of marijuana, […]

EEOC Takes Aggressive Stance on Employee Drug Testing Amid Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been aggressively challenging employer policies and handling of drug screens, particularly those dealing with an employees lawful use of prescription drugs. As a result, lawsuits filed by the EEOC against employers has been on the rise. In EEOC v. Steel Painters, LLC, the organization sought a permanent injunction […]

Senate Passes Bill Requiring HHS to Explain Delays in Hair-Testing Guidelines

Recent legislation passed by the Senate would require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide an explanation for a 21-month delay in issuing mandatory federal hair testing guidelines for safety-sensitive transportation employees. Introduced in May, the bill also would require HHS to report progress on hair testing within 30 days of passage […]

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