workplace drug testing

I’m There: Jonni Salamone

by Pablo Bolanos on November 13, 2017

A team that doesn’t march to the same rhythm will not deliver consistent customer experiences. Jonni Salamone, Director of National Clinical Testing Services, champions the need for individualism, unique work styles, confidence, and above all, team unity. Her leadership inspires her team members to perform beyond the expectations of our clients.

In this month’s edition of our “I’m There” series, Jonni describes what “we’re there when you need us” means to her. Read the full story here.

Employer Solutions shares a commitment to being there when our clients and colleagues need us – at every possible opportunity. Through unique stories from our team, you’ll get a more personal perspective of what that commitment means to them. To learn more about this series, read our introductory post.

For more information about Employer Solutions, visit our website or contact us online.

Hair Drug Test Procedures

by Pablo Bolanos on November 7, 2017

Hair drug testing can help employers detect habitual use by job applicants and employees. Its primary benefit when compared to other types of drug testing is its long detection window. Additionally, the process requires a small specimen of hair cut under direct supervision, making it difficult to tamper or cheat.  When compared with urine testing, hair testing tends to provide a greater number of positives due to its 90 day-detection window, making it an excellent option for pre-employment and random drug testing programs.

To reap the benefits of hair drug testing, as with all other forms of drug testing, one crucial step must be well executed—the collection of the specimen. We hold our collection services team to the highest standards of quality and professionalism and offer comprehensive training to perform a proper collection. That said, hair collections can be complex and challenging. Individuals are naturally apprehensive about having their hair cut. However, our professional collectors are experienced and proficient in cutting only a small, required amount of hair—just enough required for—laboratory testing.

We’ve created a hair collection guide to share as a reference tool for everyone involved in your workplace drug testing program, including your human resources team, field recruiters, executive leadership, and anyone who wants to learn more about the steps in a hair drug collection testing process.

Our guide emphasizes:

  • Collector preparation prior to obtaining the hair specimen
  • Collection of the hair specimen—typically cut from the crown and the back of the head in a way it will not be noticeable
  • Utilizing the hair testing kit to properly wrap the hair specimen for transport to the lab
  • Completion of the chain-of-custody process at the collection site
  • Examples of incorrect hair drug test collections to illustrate what not to do

Download our Hair Testing Specimen Procedures and Information guide.

For more information about hair drug testing, visit our website or contact us online.

How to choose a drug testing laboratory

October 30, 2017Drug Testing

Studies by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) suggest that substance abuse – which includes drugs and alcohol – costs the U.S. an estimated $276 billion a year, with much of the cost resulting from lost work productivity and increased healthcare spending. Compared to the risks that hiring a drug user can […]

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Advancing our online solutions

September 19, 2017Drug Testing

Moore’s law, in its broadest definition, states that technological advancements will continue at an exponentially rapid rate. At Quest Diagnostics, we know that when employers want to drug test an applicant or employee, they often need an electronic means by which to order, track, and review the progress of that test. With those two ideas […]

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Ask the Experts: Drug testing cutoffs

July 18, 2017Drug Testing

Question: Can you explain cutoff levels for laboratory-based drug testing? In workplace drug testing, the industry standard process involves two-tiered testing – an initial screen on one portion of the specimen, followed by a confirmatory test on a second portion of the original specimen. The initial test is designed to separate negative specimens from further […]

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Increases in Illicit Drugs, Including Cocaine, Drive Workforce Drug Positivity to Highest Rate in 12 Years

May 16, 2017Drug Testing

The Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ (DTI) reveals insights into patterns of drug use among the American workforce. It has been published annually for more than 25 years as a public service for government, employers, policymakers, media, and the general public. This year’s report will be presented at the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association […]

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2017 National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

April 14, 2017News

An ambulance blazes by a sea of idling cars in the midst of evening rush-hour. Weaving through traffic, the EMT’s singular goal is to arrive at the emergency room as quickly as possible. The passenger is a victim of accidental prescription drug poisoning. This scenario plays out daily in cities across the country. In fact, […]

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Winter Storm Stella May Cause Delays

March 14, 2017News

The National Weather service has issued winter storm warnings throughout the northeast, with likely impacts including Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. In addition, blizzard warnings have also been issued from northeast New Jersey to far southeast New York and southern Connecticut. Be aware that this hazardous storm may impact the logistics and transportation of […]

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I’m There: Charlie Sullivan

March 6, 2017We're There

Charlie Sullivan believes that if we take care of our employees, in turn, they will take care of our customers. As a result, he trains and mentors his team to focus on providing a seamless experience at our collection sites so that a donor’s first impression is a positive one. He understands that our frontline […]

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We’re There When You Need Us – 5 Years Strong

March 3, 2017Drug Testing

While businesses are driven by profits and the necessity to grow, a team is shaped by people and their collective energy and commitment to drive both the business and culture forward. In 2011, we embarked on a journey with the goal of gaining a better understanding about our culture and its impacts on our customers, […]

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