Forensic Workplace Drug Testing

GENERAL DRUG TESTING RESOURCES AND SERVICES


It is Sciteck® Clinical Laboratories intent to provide you with all of the tools that you will need to establish an effective and efficient Drug Testing Program that will meet the need of your company, employees and customers. If there is any additional information that you may need or if there is any thing we can do please let us know. We want to be proactive and try to meet your every need.
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Sciteck Clinical Laboratory is a 3rd party administrator for the State of North Carolina and many employers in the Southeast, aiding in the establishment and management of your policies, random pulls, and every aspect of any Private Sector or Federally Mandated testing.

 MRO ServicesSciteck's Medical Director is an accredited Medical Review Officer (MRO), and can meet any of your needs in regards to medical reviewing of drug test results. Learn more about Sciteck's MRO Services here.

 


 Corporate Drug Testing Policies:

 The following table contains different aspects of a Sample Policy for a Drug-Free Workplace. Feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or help you might need for your own policy.

 

Purpose and Goal Covered Workers
Applicability Prohibited Behavior
  Notification of Convictions  Searches
Drug Testing Return-to-Work Agreements
Approved Laboratory Assistance
Consequences Shared Responsibility
Confidentiality Communication

For a free PDF or Word Document copy of this policy send us and email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


 Drug-Free Workplace: Laws, Protections, Corporate Policy Considerations and More

  

 Background Federal Law
Constitutional Protections  Key Provisions
           Special Considerations            Drug Testing Laboratory Certifications
Federal Register

  


  Comparisons Between SAMHSA and CAP FDT Laboratories

 

  SAMHSA Requirements CAP Requirements
Director BS (7 years experience)       Ph.D (Board Certified)  
Drug 5 24
Drug Classes 5 11
Accredited Labs 23 Independent Over 100

  

SAMHSA Laboratories

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Education Requirement for RP (Director): BS in natural sciences and 7 years experience working in a toxicology laboratory.

 Accredited for: Federal testing only. Is only authorized to test through Part 40.

 Numbers of Drugs Tested: 5 groups (8 drugs) (marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, phencyclidine (PCP), and opiates).

 Inspection Process: Only includes DOT testing, PT and sample evaluation. (strictly DOT)

 

 Why is it that SAMHSA Accredited Laboratories are only certified to test Federally regulated samples coming from Federal Employees, DOT, DOE, etc.?

 SAMHSA Accredited Laboratories have no Authority to test Private Sector (General Public / Non-DOT) samples and how does this affect your Corporate Policy?

 

 Important Note for Non-Federal (DOT, DOE, etc.) Drug Free Work Place Employers:

Federal Certified DOT drug testing laboratories are not certified for or regulated for Non-Federal Workplace drug testing. In other word, if your laboratory is only a SAMHSA certified drug testing laboratory and they are performing Non-Federal drug testing then this testing is not being performed by a certified laboratory that is accredited to do so and will not stand up to legal scrutiny for work-place drug testing. Do not find this out in a court of law if your drug testing is challenged. The minimum qualification that a laboratory should have for Private Sector Non-Federal/DOT Workplace Drug Testing is College of American Pathologist Forensic Drug Testing or CLIA accredited laboratories.

 

 

CAP Laboratories

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 Education Requirement for RP (Director): The scientific director of the drug testing laboratory (who may be, but is not necessarily, the laboratory director) is an individual with documented scientific qualifications comparable to those persons certified by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology or a PhD degree with certification in toxicological chemistry by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry. Alternative acceptable qualifications include an MD degree with certification in clinical and/or forensic pathology and at least two years of active laboratory experience in analytical toxicology or a PhD degree in a biological or chemical discipline and at least two years of active laboratory experience in analytical toxicology. All alternative qualifications also require documented training and/or experience with the forensic applications of analytical toxicology (such as court testimony, research, participation in continuing education programs, and review of publications). The standard for directors is designed to assure knowledge and experience in analytical toxicology with a wide variety of screening and confirmation methodologies. Since urine drug testing in the work place is a legal issue, the director should have knowledge of evidentiary rules that apply when toxicological data are submitted as part of a judicial or administrative procedure. The scientific director therefore should have the appropriate training and background to be able to discharge the following responsibilities:

 Accredited for: Forensic, Workplace and clinical drug testing through CLIA / CAP accreditation.

 Number of Drugs Tested: 11 groups (24 drugs) - Amphetamines, barbiturates, opiates, cocaine, marijuana, benozodiazepines, PCP, methadone, methaqualone, propoxyphene.

Inspection process includes: Forensic, workplace and clinical testing, PT, sample evaluation, OSHA Safety requirements, Employee Safety, Ergonomics, Facilities, Management, etc. (very rigorous).

CAP Press Releases state the following “The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program”.

 

 

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