Consortium Random Testing
As an employer, you’ve got a lot on your plate, especially if you’re trying to keep up with all of the DOT agency rules and regulations. Test Smartly Labs partners with several businesses who need help implementing their drug and alcohol policy. Let us take one thing off your already full plate. We’ll keep you compliant and ensure your DOT testing gets done.
Consortium and random drug testing programs are available for DOT Owner-Operators and DOT Employers as well. Random drug testing programs are required for employers regulated by DOT, and owner-operators must enroll in a consortium random drug testing program. It’s crucial to put in place a cohesive DOT testing policy under the guidance of an experienced C/TPA. As an employer, you must consider the following:
- Employee and supervisor training records;
- MRO records;
- Employee return-to-duty records;
- Records of drug testing custody and control forms for all DOT tests, including the random testing records
Companies that are not DOT-compliant are susceptible to fines of up to $10,000/incident and the risk of an out-of-service order. Violations may occur when you haven’t got a drug and alcohol testing policy, stand-alone or random testing consortium program, work with drivers who didn’t complete at least one drug test with a negative result, work with drivers who refused alcohol or drug tests or work with drivers who have previously tested positive and have not completed a return-to-duty process as requested by an SAP (Substance Abuse Professional).
At Test Smartly Labs, we strictly adhere to all the DOT compliance standards at every level of our process. If you’re not located in Greater Kansas City, the great news is that we have Drug Testing options for our clients available in every state across the United States, thanks to our network collection partner, Quest Diagnostics. We work closely with Quest Diagnostics to provide a comprehensive and affordable offer of Drug & Alcohol testing services for businesses of all sizes. Whether you need pre-employment drug testing, on-site drug testing, emergency post-accident testing or random drug and alcohol testing, you can always count on us.
Information On This Topic
Understanding Drug Testing Types, Methods and Specimen Collection
Examining the wide assortment of drug testing options available and exploring the potential pros and cons of each method
There are several reasons or circumstances that can lead to the necessity of a drug test.
Why do businesses need Random Drug Tests
Do you remember the last time you applied for a new job? Or perhaps you are a hiring manager at the business who has accepted many applications and interviewed potential hires. One common part of the hiring process is the pre-employment drug test. No matter what side of the process you are on, this drug test is designed to ensure that the company ends up with the best employees possible who will be able to perform their duties safely and successfully.
Prescription Drug Abuse Signs, Symptoms and Statistics
Prescription drug abuse implies taking prescription medication was not given to you by the doctor, or taking your prescription medication in a manner that differs from the instructions. While taking prescription medication is not perceived as equivalent to taking illegal street drugs, the consequences can be equally harsh
More Information on Stand-Alone Pool Testing
For DOT random drug testing, if your company has two or more safety-sensitive employees, you can technically run what’s called a “standalone pool” for your random drug testing requirements by the DOT. Although, it’s recommended you only use this if you have 8+ employees.
In a standalone pool, your organization’s people are the only ones being shuffled through the randomizer with a shot of getting drug tested. It’s a stand-alone option that’s preferred by many larger organizations with many employees.
Test Smartly Labs can help you manage your standalone pool and provide the expertise, technology and management you need to randomly choose those who will be tested. We use a scientifically valid method of choosing names so you can be assured the process is fair and treats everyone equally.
To get started, contact us.
Be prepared for your drug test!
- Bring your Government Issued Picture ID
- Bring Drug Test Paperwork or Authorization
- Complete TSL Intake Form & HIPAA Disclosure
- Pay for your test on site
- Make sure you are hydrated if you are performing a Urine Test
- Expect to have your nail polish removed if getting a Nail Drug Test
- We do not need your prescription information but a Medical Review Officer (MRO) may contact you after collection to verify your medications.
- For urine testing, plan on arriving 3 hours before we close (1 hr minimum) to provide a cushion of time for a shy bladder situation.
- For hair testing, be sure to dry your hair completely before arriving.
- For nail testing, be sure to clean your nails with soap and water before arriving. Also, artificial nails and polish must be removed.
What Are Your Hours?
- All Test Smartly Labs are open Monday through Friday, from 9am - 5pm
- The Overland Park Testing Center is also open from 9am – 1pm on Saturdays
Do We Need To Have An Appointment?
- No appointment is required to come into our labs, and all of our locations are on a walk-in basis. However, it is recommended you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to closing. If your situation requires special time considerations, please call us to determine if it would be better to arrange an appointment time.
Do I Need Doctors’ Orders For Testing?
- No doctors’ orders needed, we are a Direct-Access Testing Center. You are encouraged to consult your medical professional with your lab test results.
What’s The Turnaround Time For Lab Work?
- Average turnaround time is 2-5 business days depending on the complexity of the lab work. Most tests are available in 2-3 days.
Do You Need A List Of My Medications For A Drug Test?
- Per protocol, the lab techs are not allowed to receive or ask for your medications. A medical review officer or MRO, a licensed physician who specializes in toxicology, will call you and ask for your medications and your physician’s phone number if it’s detected in your sample during testing. The MRO will then call your physician to verify your medications.