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Part 40 Rule Summary of Changes

Part 40 Rule Summary of Changes

Effective January 1, 2018, the United States Department of Transportation is implementing some changes to its drug testing program regulation by adding and amending some of the drugs used in its drug-testing panel, clarifying some of the provisions already in use, and removing the requirement for employers and Consortiums/TPAs to submit blind specimens. Employees can … Read More

America’s Opioid Crisis

America’s Opioid Crisis

The United States is in the midst of a public health crisis. Opioid abuse is currently one of America’s top health epidemics, taking mothers, fathers and children, destroying lives and breaking up families. In fact, it is the 2nd highest killer of young people. This serious epidemic must be addressed in our homes and workplaces. … Read More

Employee Protections in the Era of Medical Marijuana Legislation

More than twenty states have enacted medical marijuana laws since proposition 215 was passed by California voters in 1996. The earliest medical marijuana laws typically only provided criminal protections, however in the past two decades, laws are now extending protections to housing, schooling, domestic relations, and employment. State marijuana regulations uniquely address aspects such as … Read More

Fake Urine Being Sold for Drug Testing

Fake Urine Being Sold for Drug Testing

Marijuana sales in Colorado topped $1 billion last year. That may have triggered an upswing in the sale of another product: synthetic urine, which helps users fool employers and parole officers in drug tests. Colorado representatives are concerned about the fraudulent use of synthetic urine and aim to ban the substance in the state. Representatives … Read More

OSHA: Blanket Post-Accident Testing Not Allowed in Drug Policies

OSHA: Blanket Post-Accident Testing Not Allowed in Drug Policies

OSHA began enforcing the new rule on November 1, 2016. Now is the time for employers who have blanket post-accident drug testing policies to revisit their policies to ensure they conform to OSHA’s new requirements. Below we have included information to answer many questions regarding the new rule. If you need assistance reviewing and revising … Read More

Pot Happy or Pot Free?

Pot Happy or Pot Free?

In November at the annual Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association conference, Safety First partner, Quest Diagnostics, announced the results of its drug testing index, which looks at the illicit drug use by U.S. workers. Below are the highlights of the study. The Drug Testing Index is an analysis of test results from three categories of … Read More

Heroin & Opioid Awareness Week

Heroin & Opioid Awareness Week

Alarming statistics make the rising problem of prescription use notable. For example, in one Southeastern County in six months of this year, 51 people died of heroin overdose, 46 died of fentanyl overdose and 15 died from an overdose of prescription painkillers. It’s important to remember that the problem of addiction rarely starts with heroin; … Read More