DOT Testing

Did you know that more than 70% of drug abusers in America have a steady job? Many individuals who use drugs are very good at covering their tracks, which can make them tough to spot at first—however, it’s crucial for companies to know what to look for, since these employees can have a devastating effect and can even cause a businesses to lose profits. This is one of the reasons why random workplace drug testing is useful; however, it’s also good to be on the lookout for typical red flags. Common Signs Of Drug Abuse As mentioned before, many drug abusers are good...

Would you understand what it meant if you received information that a drug test that was administered to you or your employee came back as “negative dilute”? First of all, what is this? And secondly, does this mean the drug test is positive or negative? This is an important thing for companies that do drug testing to understand. What A Negative Dilute Drug Test Result Means When a drug test comes back as a negative dilute, it basically means that there was too much water in the urine to get an accurate screening. The creatinine concentration in the urine sample is the...

Did you know that according to Quest Diagnostics, the number of employee drug test results showing up positive for drug abuse are at the highest they’ve been in twelve years? This reporting (which was were based on more than 10 million workforce drug tests) shows that cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana have all shown increases in use across every testing category, and within nearly every specimen type. This increase in positive drug tests is putting a lot of pressure on companies that want clean workers—and it’s actually putting pressure on the economy as a whole. So, What’s Causing The Increase? It’s difficult to be...

As drug testing of all kinds continue to emerge for better and more accurate results, different kinds of drug screens will be tried out. The current most popular and effective types of drug testing are urine, hair, and blood screening, but you may not know about a less commonly-used test: the sweat patch drug test. This method has been used for over 20 years, and is the favorite among some drug testing die-hards. So what is this, exactly? How does it work, and how accurate is it? Are companies using it? What The Sweat Patch Drug Test Is When an employee is required...

When it comes to drug screening for employees, how much do you know about split specimen testing and the rights of the employee to have this done? Many companies don’t know all of the in’s and out’s of it. What Is A Split Specimen Test? A split specimen test is when the employee’s urine sample is split between two specimen cups in order to have a second sample tested if the employee wants this done. Most companies automatically do this, as it’s generally a DOT requirement. One sample is immediately tested by a certified laboratory, while the other sample is stored. If an...

When it comes to employee drug screening, most people just figure they’ll be getting a urine test—probably because that’s the type of test that’s administered during pre-employment. However, there are different types of tests that may need to be used depending on the specific situation that’s going on with an employee. The two things that determine the type of drug test are which drugs an employer wants to screen for, and what type of sample they want to test with. Different drug tests can check for different amounts of drugs. For instance, there are 5 panel drug tests, 8 panel drug tests,...

New Era Drug Testing is dedicated to providing nothing but the best in DOT and FMCSA compliant drug and alcohol testing services. And to help us achieve that goal, we implement hair follicle drug testing. But many question how drugs can be found in hair, and the effectiveness of such tests. If you're looking for more information on hair follicle drug testing you're in luck, because the experts at New Era Drug Testing are here to help. We've compiled a helpful list of frequently asked questions related to hair follicle drug testing, providing the insight you need on this effective, useful...

The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires all industry workers such as limousine drivers, bus drivers, truck drivers, public transportation, train drivers, and flight crew to comply with certain medical and physical standards. Exams are required if you wish to qualify for a commercial driving license and if you wish to keep it. If you have never experienced DOT testing before, you may feel a little nervous at not knowing what to expect. Here are a few things to keep in mind to ready you for your upcoming DOT physical testing: Drug Testing is Included Unlike a traditional physical with a doctor, the DOT...

Over the years, we at New Era Drug Testing have heard a lot of interesting theories about ways to "beat the test" and stories about how our clients' employees have tried to cheat our accurate drug testing methods. Some of our favorite myths about how to beat a DOT drug test include: #1: Drinking Lots of Water Will Help You Pass a Test One of the most common and persistent "pass your drug test" myths involves drinking a lot of water which, in a process known as "dilution," is suppose to speed up the body's metabolism and flush the signs of drug use...

Running a successful transportation company means delivering goods (or people) to their destinations safely and efficiently, of course, but it also means operating within the legal framework constructed by law-enforcing organizations like the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA). Trucking companies, especially, must make sure that all aspects of the organization are observing state and federal rules and regulations or risk fines, suspensions, or business closure. Unsure about what the DOT requires for compliance. Consult New Era Drug Testing's handy Compliance Checklist to keep your company running smoothly! Checklist for General DOT Compliance Rules To Remain DOT...