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Tuesday, July 21 2020

Clearinghouse services

As a business that operates commercial vehicles, you are considered part of the safety-sensitive transportation industry. Thus, many people are entrusting their safety to you. So it is your responsibility to make sure the ones operating your vehicles are not abusing dangerous substances. DOT drug testing provides that solution.  However, how do we stop habitual offenders who job hop from employer to employer? This is why the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse was established. 

Following the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Clearinghouse law, owner-operators and employers have to frequently update, report, and answer questions about each driver they will or currently employ. While the new drug and alcohol clearinghouse mandate solved one important loophole that drivers took advantage of, this does mean more work for all companies but more so for owner-operators. And if you add that with your daily tasks of running your business, it can be very challenging. This is why you need a third-party administrator that can help you - us.

Workplace Screening Intelligence (WSI) offers a full array of DOT services for safety-sensitive transportation companies like you. Let our more than 25 years of experience in the industry help you comply with regulations and make running your business easier.

What is the Clearinghouse?

People who are under the influence of drugs and alcohol are more likely to put themselves and those around them at risk, especially if they are drivers. So to improve safety on public roads and highways, the FMCSA has developed a system that allows agencies, companies, and law enforcement officials to quickly identify Commercial Driver's License holders (CDL drivers) and Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) holders who have committed a drug and alcohol program violation. This system is called the Clearinghouse.

What is the Purpose of the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse?

The CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse went into effect on January 6, 2020. Through this secure online database, you will have all the necessary tools and information you need to identify drivers who are prohibited from operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). The system allows you to know if a driver has committed a drug and alcohol program offense while under a different employer. This is important as current regulations require drivers to inform another employer of such cases. Additionally, Clearinghouse will help you identify drivers who go "job-hopping" or those who move often and obtain CDLs in different states.

Generally, the Clearinghouse helps maintain complete, accurate, and up-to-date information about each driver. Meaning, it will help you find quality drivers that you can trust. As a result, you can help keep roadways safer for all drivers, commuters, and pedestrians.

Why Do You Need Clearinghouse Services?

If you are in the business of moving cargo and part of the safety-sensitive industry, keeping up with all the information and regulations needed to hire CDL holders can be overwhelming. You have to comply with the drug and alcohol testing program and report violations. Also, as part of the pre-employment process, you have to do a Clearinghouse questionnaire before you can allow a driver to operate a CMV. Even for your current employees, you need to do an annual questionnaire as well. And it doesn't stop there. You also have to encourage and train your drivers to use the Clearinghouse.

As a fleet owner or owner-operator, all these tasks take effort and money to accomplish (you have to pay for every query). Not to mention the time you need to learn your way around the FMCSA Clearinghouse database and understand all the information given. If you already have a lot of things to worry about, let us take these tasks off your hands so you can focus on more important aspects of your business.

As your third party administrator, we will conduct queries on your behalf. More importantly, with our clearinghouse services, you can easily meet the mandated requirements.

Workplace Screening Intelligence (WSI) Clearinghouse Services

If you are looking for an easy solution to meet all the mandates of the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, our support program is your best option.

Our WSI Clearinghouse Support Program is affordable and reliable. It includes the following key clearinghouse services:

  • Help register your DOT number(s) in the FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse
  • Report drug & alcohol offenses and violations
  • Perform required annual queries on all of your CDL drivers
  • Provide required information to employees about the new process and guide them on how to complete the driver petition process
  • Add the required addendum to your DOT Drug and Alcohol policy

 

In addition to these, we also perform basic Clearinghouse tasks such as:

  • Proper documentation of drug and alcohol testing refusals and "Return-to-Duty" RTD tests
  • Provide Clearinghouse education and information materials for newly hired and current employees
  • Assist drivers in correcting inaccurate information on Clearinghouse
  • Provide discounted rates for queries

Find a Quality Driver with WSI Clearinghouse Services

With WSI Clearinghouse Services, you can find and employ drivers that you can trust. We will help make sure that an individual has not failed or refused to take the tests required by law. On the other hand, if a driver has recorded violations, we will help you check whether or not he has completed the required Return-to-Duty process.

Aside from helping you find quality drivers, we are also here to help you navigate through the Clearinghouse processes. We will handle the required reporting as well as the required queries so you can save time and money. Plus, you don't have to worry about additional Clearinghouse responsibilities.

Contact Us

For more information about the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse mandate and how we can support you, contact WSI today. You can call us at 800-338-5515 or send us a message at info@workplacescreening.com.

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Tuesday, July 21 2020

Drug and Alcohol Test

A drug and alcohol test is an important process of proving you are in good health, physically and mentally, to perform your tasks, work safely, and make good decisions. Now, there are many reasons why an individual would undergo a drug and alcohol test. Some of these reasons can include:

  • If you're a professional, Olympic, or college athlete to prove that you are not using performance-enhancing drugs.
  • Post-accident or if you have been in an accident which resulted in property damage or casualties.
  • If you are a driver who refused, drug tested positive, or have incurred violations.
  • Commercial Drivers License (CDL) holder who operates Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMV) on public roads
  • If you are an interstate motor carrier
  • If you are an intrastate motor carrier
  • If you are part of a civic organization
  • If you are court ordered to drug and alcoho test
  • If you are an employee that needs a pre-employment drug screen
  • Prove to a family member that you are drug free

 

You may also need a test when you're applying for employment, especially when the position you're applying for is in a safety-sensitive industry. For example, when you're applying to be a bus driver, truck driver, pilot, or anything that can impact public safety.

Following the rules of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Department of Transportation (DOT), drivers subject to the CDL requirements are required to perform drug and alcohol testing regularly.

Aside from being required to go through it, many individuals also undergo alcohol and drugs testing for personal or family matters. If you can relate to any of these and are in need of testing, you have come to the right place. Workplace Screening Intelligence (WSI) offers an easy and simple drug and alcohol testing process that can get you reliable and accurate results in no time.

How Do Drug Tests Work?

Drug testing is used to determine whether an individual is into illicit substance use or substance abuse. It's a process where your biological sample such as urine, hair, saliva, or blood will be taken and evaluated against certain types of drugs.

Usually, a credible drug screening program involves a 2-step process: the initial and confirmatory. The initial test is the first step often used as a screening method. If it shows negative, no further action will be needed and your test results will be reported as negative. However, if it shows positive, then a confirmatory test will be performed. This step can identify what drug substance an individual uses. It can also determine the amount of the substance in the body.

By combining these methods, tests can result in a high level of specificity and sensitivity. Meaning, there's a smaller chance of false negatives and positives - unlike when you use over-the-counter home testing kits. This is why it's recommended that when you decide to go through substance tests, you only deal with trusted professionals such as Workplace Screening Intelligence.

However, take note that tests are limited and that there's no single test that can detect every type of drugs.

What Does a Drug Test - Test For?

As mentioned, the drugs that a test can detect are limited and it depends on the type you take. Here's a brief description of what drugs the most common tests can detect.

Urine Test

A typical drug urine test for employment purposes can screen 5 to 10 drugs. This includes cocaine, marijuana, opiates, barbiturates, amphetamines, methamphetamines, MDA-analogues (MDMA or MDA), benzodiazepines, PCP, methadone and others. You can also be tested for nicotine, steroids and alcohol.

This type of test can show the presence of a certain drug in an individual's system even after the effects of drugs have worn off. Urine is the most common sample type and it's the only one approved for federally mandated tests and those in the safety-sensitive industry.

Blood Test

There's a variety of drugs that a blood test can detect, including marijuana, tramadol, nicotine, opiates, cocaine, fentanyl, amphetamines, methamphetamines, phencyclidine, and alcohol.

This type of test can determine the type and amount of drugs in a person's system right at the moment.

Saliva Testing

Saliva is best used to determine recent drug use. However, it's not recommended if you want to find out long-term substance abuse. This is suitable for post-accident testing, random, and all testing reasons.

This test can detect alcohol, phencyclidine, opiates, marijuana, cocaine,amphetamines, methamphetamines, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and ecstasy.

Hair Testing

This type of test can determine substance use or substance abuse over a long period. Your hair can be tested for marijuana, opiates, alcohol, ecstasy, methamphetamine, cocaine, and amphetamine.

Workplace Screening Intelligence (WSI) Drug and Alcohol Test

WSI offers drug and alcohol testing for employers and individual persons, teens, and court-ordered tests. To make the process as smooth and effortless as possible, you only need to fill-up the form below. Once submitted, you will be taken to a secure page to enter your Paypal or Credit/Debit card information. After, you need to choose the service you wish to pay for.

If you don't have Paypal, you can just click on the "Pay with Credit/Debit Card" option at the bottom of the Paypal login. On the other hand, if you prefer to have a person assisting you, you can call us at 800-338-5515 and one of our agents will take your payment over the phone. Once the payment is completed, you will receive details of your appointment. Your test results will then be sent to you via email within 1 to 3 business days.

With WSI, we guarantee you a fast and stress-free drug and alcohol test experience. More importantly, we ensure accurate results that you can trust.

What to Expect?

We assure you that once you submit an order form, we will handle it with the utmost confidentiality. A member of our service team will get in touch with you when we receive your form. You will be asked a few questions and set up with an appointment. Depending on what's convenient for you, you can choose from one of our 8,000 collection sites nationwide.

Tests We Offer

We offer a lot of tests to help you meet your requirements. You can choose from any of the following:

  • DOT Physical
  • 5 Panel Urine
  • DOT Panel
  • 10 Panel Urine
  • Oral Fluids + Ex. Opiates
  • 5 Panel Hair
  • 5 Panel Hair + Ex. Opiates
  • 17 Panel Hair
  • 5 Panel Instant
  • 11 Panel Instant

 

Don't see the type of test you need? Don't worry. We have many other tests and we only listed the most popular ones. Contact us to learn more about the available drug and alcohol testing services we offer.

For employer testing, you can click here.

Contact Us Today

Order a drug screening today and complete your requirements in no time with Workplace Screening Intelligence. Guaranteed, we have the reliable drug and alcohol testing services you need.

Do you have questions about our drug and alcohol tests? Give us a call at 800-338-5515. Or start the process and fill-up the form below. We look forward to being of service to you.

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Monday, July 20 2020

 

How to Interpret COVID-19 Test Results?

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has never been a more urgent call for testing than today. The head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, urges all countries to "test, test, test". It is considered among the "backbone" or most crucial elements of our global response to the virus. Thus, making testing for COVID 19 one of the most sought after commodities around the world.

Testing identifies the infected people, making it easier to isolate them and conduct contact tracing. These three steps are also key to reducing the spread of the coronavirus. Additionally, COVID-19 testing provides insight into the regional and national infection rate so that appropriate public health interventions may be put in place.

However, even after months of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still questions and unclear information about test results and their interpretations. In this article, we will bring light to this and discuss how to interpret COVID-19 test results.

COVID-19 Test Overview

You should first understand that no test is perfect. All tests can result in a possible false-positive result. Meaning, the test can turn out positive even when you don't have coronavirus. It can result in a false-negative too where it comes back negative even when you do have the COVID-19 virus. There will also be times where the results are not clear or when you're not sure whether it's positive or negative. This is why results should only be reviewed by health care professionals.

Currently, the State and your local public health departments are responsible for making decisions about testing for COVID-19. For the latest information on testing, you can find your State Health Department Website here or your Directory of Local Health Departments here. 

If you deem it necessary, there are available testing sites all over the country where you can get yourself tested. You are recommended to undergo coronavirus testing if you belong to any of the following groups of people:

  • Symptomatic people and those identified through contact tracing.

  • Those over 65 and people with underlying conditions.

  • Front-liners or those who can't practice social distancing. For example, health care workers, grocery store workers, mass transit workers, etc.

  • Those living in a confined place such as prisons, retirement homes, etc.

  • Those who will undergo medical procedures or people who are hospitalized.

Now, when it comes to COVID-19 tests, there are two kinds: viral testing and antibody testing. Antigen test will be introduced soon. To give you an idea, viral testing involves a nasal swab or saliva test and it can detect a current COVID-19 infection. Antibody testing, on the other hand, requires health care professionals to sample your blood. This test can only detect recent and past infections. For more information about the two types of tests and their results, continue reading below.

 

 

 

Two Kinds of COVID-19 Test

Viral Testing

The complete genome of the coronavirus was already available in the early stages of the epidemic. This allowed facilities to develop tests in detecting viral RNA. Soon, tests using Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) were developed. This method can target the presence of the viral RNA and it can detect the SARSC-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19.

Aside from testing for a virus' RNA, viral testing can also include testing for its proteins or also known as antigen testing. However, this type of test is less sensitive. So if you got this test and it came back negative, ask a health care provider if you need to test with RNA too and how long you should stay at home.

How does it work?

This type of test requires a sample that is usually obtained by a nasopharyngeal swab,or nasal swab. During this process, a 6-inch long swab or a giant Q-tip is inserted in your nostril to reach the cavity between your mouth and nose. This is done for 15 seconds with the swab rotating several times. After, this will be repeated on the other nostril to ensure there's enough sample collected. To determine the result, the sample will be tested through a pre-made kit. Very recently, a saliva based molecular test was introduced as an alternative to nasal swabs. Participants cough three times and then provide saliva for the testing kit. However, remember that viral testing only informs you of a current infection. It can't tell whether you have had the virus before.

New Viral Test?

New Molecular COVID testing is being introduced into the market.  Not many enjoy Nasopharyngeal Swab experience.  The are molecular test that provide the same benefits of "current" infection detection without the discomfort of the 6 inch swab being inserted into your nasal canal.  One is a new test which is oral fluid.  It is simple process that involves the participant providing saliva into a collection cup.

 

 

Antibody testing

When a virus like the SARS-CoV-2 invades your body, your immune system automatically does its job and fights it off. Eventually, your body will start to send out many Y-shaped molecules that target that specific virus - these molecules are called antibodies. Now, a test was developed to detect if a person has these specific antibodies against coronavirus.

How does it work?

Generally, there are two types of antibody tests used for COVID-19: the Lateral Flow Immuno-Assays and Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA). However, they both use the same principle which is getting a sample of your blood or serum and checking for your body's immune response to the virus. These COVID-19 testing methods indirectly detect Immunoglobulin A (IgA), Immunoglobulin G (IgG) and Immunoglobulin M (IgM).

Their difference is that the Lateral Flow Immuno-Assays can be run quickly by Medical Professionals. On the other hand, ELISA tests require technicians to run it in a lab.

Antibody testing is the opposite of viral testing and it can tell you of a recent and past infection. Take note, however, that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it usually takes one to three weeks after infection before your body can make antibodies. So this type of test may not show you if you are currently infected and will show if you were recently infected or exposed in the past. This is why it's not used for diagnosis.

Interpretation:

1. Viral Test Interpretation

  • Positive: If your test result is positive then this means that you most likely do have a current active COVID-19 infection. This also means that you can give the virus to others.

  • Negative: If your test results turn out negative, you most likely do not have a current active COVID-19 infection. 

2. Antibody Interpretation

  • Positive: If your antibody test turns out positive, this means that you have likely had a COVID-19 infection. 

  • Negative: On the other hand, if it turns out negative, it means that you've likely never had or have not yet developed antibodies to coronavirus infection. 

3. Both

  • Viral Positive and Antibody Positive: If you've taken both tests and they turn out positive, you most likely have a current and active COVID-19 infection. You can also infect others.

  • Viral Positive and Antibody Negative: You most likely have a current and active COVID-19 infection and you can give it to others.

  • Viral Negative and Antibody Positive: You likely had coronavirus but you have already RECOVERED from it.

  • Viral Negative and Antibody Negative: You likely never had a COVID infection.

Recommended Action

  • Viral Testing

If you have tested positive in a viral test, you are required to stay home and avoid public places and transportation except when you need to get medical care. Most people who are infected by COVID-19 have mild cases and can recover at home. Just get enough rest and always stay hydrated. You can also use over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen to feel better. While at home, isolate yourself and stay in a specific room away from other people and pets. If possible, use a separate bathroom as well.  

You should also stay in touch with your doctor. If you are having trouble breathing, feeling a persistent pain or pressure in your chest, having bluish lips or face, not able to wake up or stay awake, or other emergencies, call 911 or call your local emergency facility. (Don't forget to notify them that you are seeking care for a COVID-19 patient.)

  • Antibody Testing

On the other hand, if you tested negative but showing some symptoms, seek medical attention immediately and continue monitoring yourself for signs and symptoms.    

For an antibody test, having a positive result may result in developing some protection from re-infection. However, this can't be said with certainty. While it might give you some protection from getting infected by the virus again, there's no data and information just yet on how much protection the antibodies provide and for how long it can last. However, there were very few cases of people getting re-infected.

If your test result is negative, you could still get coronavirus. Or you could still have a current infection. Remember, the test can only detect antibodies after 1 to 3 weeks after infection. So if you've been exposed to the virus recently, you can still spread the virus. Also, take note not everyone produces antibodies the same.  Some may develop more quickly or take longer to develop antibodies so 1-3 weeks may not be enough. Moreover, some people who were infected may never develop antibodies.

Employers can utilzize antibody testing as a safety check where they can have surveilance of COVID-19 in their workplace.  This will allow them to optimize basic guidelines  (frequent hand washing, face covering, social distancing and testing) for  a psycological and physical safe and healthy workplace.

Conclusion

If you notice any symptoms of the virus, you should get the Viral Test. Antibody testing will find recent and past exposure.  But remember, whatever result you get by testing for COVID 19, you are encouraged to follow basic guidelines - cover your mouth and nose with a face cover around others, social distancing, and frequent washing of hands.

If you think you need to get tested for COVID-19, there are many available testing sites. There are academic, commercial, and private laboratories that conduct COVID-19 testing all over the country. If you are looking for a reliable testing service that you can trust, Workplace Screening Intelligence (WSI) is here for your coronavirus testing needs. For more information about our available testing for COVID-19 methods, give us a call at 800-338-5515 or email info@workplacescreening.com

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Thursday, July 16 2020

WorkPlace Screening Intelligence (WSI) announces new COVID-19 Testing Services.

WSI continues to offer FDA "Authorized" 10 and 15 Minute Results with Point of Care Testing.  WSI offers 2 of the 4 FDA kits that are "Authorized" from the Food and Drug Administation.  These kits can detect "Recent" Infection (IgM) as well as Healthy (IgG) antibodies.   This kit must be performed by a Medical Professional.  WSI can also provide the medical technician to facilitate testing.

New COVID testing services include Molecular Saliva Testing and Lab based Antibody Testing.  The Saliva Molecular testing is an alternative to the invasive nasal swabs and uses saliva.  The saliva test will detect if you are "Currently" infected or not.  Lab based antibody testing is done via finger prick and includes IgA, IgM and IgG.

Call WSI Today to schedule your testing today 800-338-5515.

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