Understanding WSI Non-DOT Screening: Everything You Need to Know
As an employer, it is essential to prioritize employee safety. One way to do this is by conducting regular drug and alcohol tests. However, the process can be overwhelming and confusing, especially with the varying requirements. One of the most commonly used tests is the Department of Transportation (DOT) drug test, but not all employees are required to take it. For those who fall outside the DOT requirements, a non-DOT drug test is used. In this blog post, we will delve deeper into non-DOT screening and how it differs from DOT drug testing.
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What is Non-DOT Drug Testing?
Non-DOT drug testing is used for employees who are not part of the DOT regulations. Non-reg drug testing is typically requested by organizations where safety is a concern, such as healthcare facilities or manufacturing plants. The non-DOT tests are also useful in compliance with state laws and regulations. These tests look for the same drugs as DOT tests but do not follow the same guidelines or procedures.
Drug Test Panel 5 and Panel 10
The non-DOT drug test panel may include a drug screen panel 5 or panel 10. A panel 5 test looks for the five most commonly abused drugs: Cocaine, Marijuana, Opiates, Phencyclidine (PCP), and Amphetamines. On the other hand, a panel 10 test checks for the same drugs as the panel 5, plus five additional drugs: barbiturates, benzodiazepines, methadone, propoxyphene, and methaqualone.
How is Non-DOT Drug Testing Conducted?
The collection process for non-DOT drug testing is similar to the DOT tests but does not require DOT-trained collection personnel. Employers can use on-site collection services or send employees to a designated testing location. The samples are usually collected through urine tests. Like DOT testing, non-DOT tests also use Medical Review Officer (MRO) services to review and interpret the results.
Training Supervisors for Drug and Alcohol awareness
It is essential to train supervisors in drug and alcohol awareness to ensure a drug-free workplace. The supervisors should know how to recognize the signs of drug and alcohol use and how to handle situations where drug use is involved. They should also understand the consequences of drug use and how it can impact workplace safety. Providing them with regular training and resources on this subject can help create a safer and more productive work environment. Supervisors who are well trained and able to identify those with substance abuse issues, save the company cost with reduced accidents and risk exposure.
Developing a Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy
A drug and alcohol testing policy is crucial in creating a safe, drug-free workplace. The policy should outline the types of drug tests available and explain the consequences of a positive test. It should also include how employees are notified of the test results and what types of disciplinary actions will be taken. A clear policy can help prevent misunderstandings and provide employees with the information they need to comply with testing regulations. Additionally, will cut down on frivolous law suits.
What does the MRO do?
The Medical Review Officer is the watch dog for the drug testing program and protects both the employer and the employee during the testing process. They will interview anyone with a positive confirmed screen and determine if legally or illegally positive. If prescription is the drug on the drug test, then the MRO will report it as a negative to the employer. The Medical Review Officer will also contact the employer when an employee is taking a prescription that will cause a safety sensitive issue in the workplace. For example, if an employee is taking oxycodone and is driving a forklift, the MRO will contact the employer and warn them. The employee will need to get a letter from the prescribing physician or an occupational medicine doctor that states it is ok to take prescription and operate the safety sensitive equipment.
As an employer, you have a responsibility to maintain a safe workplace for your employees. Drug and alcohol testing is an essential component of ensuring safety, but it can be confusing to navigate. Understanding the differences between DOT and non-DOT drug testing, and the types of tests available, can help you make informed decisions about your testing program. Providing supervisors with training on drug and alcohol awareness and having a clear drug and alcohol testing policy can also help create a safer workplace. Contact WSI today to order a drug test or develop a testing policy that fits your needs. Contact Workplace Screening Intelligence today to order a drug test or order another service. 844-573-8378 (TEST), [email protected] or press on link below to order a service now: https://workplacescreening.com/order-here/