Specimen Collection

Drug test specimen collection is one of the most important aspects of your workplace drug and alcohol program, and the process needs to be handled by a reliable and professional team. New Era Drug Testing simplifies the specimen collection process by determining your company’s specific needs, giving you affordable testing options, and offering convenient specimen collection solutions. To ensure that our clients stay compliant with DOT and SAMSHA regulations, New Era partners with certified laboratories and collection specialists that meet all the training requirements and follow all procedures regarding employee specimen collection.

Types of Specimens Collected

Hair Sample

Hair Samples

To perform a drug test using a hair sample, one of New Era’s affiliate clinicians takes a small sample of hair (90 to 120 strands) from close to the scalp. Hair samples are obtained in full view of the collector, thus minimizing the likelihood of tampering or specimen substitution. Negative test results are typically available within 72 hours, though confirmation testing of positive results may take additional time.

Urine Specimens

Urine Specimens

At New Era Drug Testing, our strategically-located SAMSHA- and DOT-approved laboratories offer advanced urinalysis and fast turnaround times to help keep your businesses running without interruption. Standard urine drug testing panels range from five to 10 drugs, depending on the needs of your organization, and specimen validity testing helps prevent the possibility of false results from specimen tampering or substitution.

Blood Samples

Blood Samples

Because the human body has an efficient system for “cleaning” the blood of toxins and impurities, blood analysis for drugs and alcohol is typically used only while an employee is actively intoxicated, though traces of the intoxicant may be detectable for up to a day after they enter a person’s bloodstream. After drawing a small sample of blood, lab technicians test the specimen for drugs using the enzyme immunoassay.

Oral Fluids

Oral Fluids

Obtaining a sample of oral fluid for drug testing is simple; the donor simply opens the sealed collection device, places it in his or her mouth, and, after enough saliva has accumulate in the receptacle, the collector transfers the specimen into the transport tube for immediate testing or shipment. Results for oral fluid that screens negative are generally available within 24 hours after the specimen is received.

Drug Testing Specimen Collection Sites

Drug and alcohol specimen collection can be a personal and bothersome task, but with New Era Drug Testing, clients have access to over 10,000 DOT-approved testing facilities nationwide. Most testing stations are available to collect specimens for random selection testing, pre-employment screenings, reasonable suspicion testing, and post-accident testing, and each site’s collection specialists are trained to ensure specimen collections adhere to specific step-by-step collection protocols and Department of Transportation guidelines regarding security, privacy, facility standards, equipment, and analysis.

Nationwide Testing Laboratories

For more information about specimen collection and how it affects your organization’s drug and alcohol testing program, contact New Era Drug Testing at 1-800-801-0966

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