WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ALCOHOL & DRUG TESTING
Many industries in Canada have implemented a Substance Abuse Policy, with the main focus on providing safety in the workplace. Although alcohol drug testing is not a federal or provincial government regulatory requirement, there are industry standards in place for workplace alcohol and drug testing in Canada. The two Canadian standards are:
Canadian Model for Providing a Safe Workplace – Construction Owners Association of Alberta
The Alcohol and Drug Policy Model for the Canadian Upstream Petroleum Industry
The US Department of Transport regulations apply to Canadian commercial drivers travelling in the US.
All collectors providing alcohol and drug testing for Chandler Consulting Inc. are trained and qualified in compliance with industry standards.
You will be asked to provide a breath sample for an alcohol test. Some smaller centres utilize saliva kits for an initial alcohol test. If your initial test is over .000, you will be asked to wait 15 minutes and provide a second breath sample for a confirmation test. The confirmation result is your official result. Check with your company’s policy to discover the alcohol cut off level as they may vary, according to policy and contractor requirements. Cutt off levels range from .000 to .040 BAC. Generally (depending on food content in stomach, type of drink, body weight, gender and more factors) a person will detoxify one ounce an hour. MOST positive alcohol test results are seen in the morning.
There are two types of urine drug tests; a drug screen and a drug lab test. Both types of testing are subject to the same cutoff concentration levels. A drug screen is performed by a collector immediately, and will produce a result within 15 minutes. A drug lab test is packaged and sealed in front of the donor, and couriered to a certified laboratory for testing. The lab completes an initial screen and any samples testing above the cutoff concentration levels, are sent to confirmation testing. GC/MS cutoff concentrations are expressed in nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL). Adulterant checks are performed on all urine samples. See Collector Guidelines at http://www.dot.gov/odapc/urine-specimen-collection-guidelines
Drugs or classes of drugs
ALCOHOL & DRUG TESTING– WHAT YOU WILL NEED AT THE COLLECTION SITE
You will be asked to produce a government photo id at the collection site. For a drug test, you will be required to produce a urine sample.
HOW TO PASS A DRUG TEST
Do not use drugs.
CONSEQUENCES OF A POSITIVE TEST
Check your company’s policy to determine consequences of a positive alcohol and/or drug test.
Pre-employment testing – a positive alcohol and/or drug test will not meet compliance standards for a company’s substance abuse policy. Therefore, if a potential employee does not meet hiring requirements into a safety sensitive position, this often results in a no hire situation.
Positive Results – industry standards typically will include the following consequences of a positive test:
- Removal from safety-sensitive functions
- To be reinstated to safety-sensitive position must met the following requirements:
- Has been evaluated by a substance abuse professional.
- Has complied with any recommended treatment
- Has produced a return to duty negative alcohol/drug test
- Is subject to unannounced follow-up testing, minimum of 6 tests in 12 months
ALCOHOL & DRUG ASSESSMENT ACCESS & INFO
Chandler Consulting Inc. provides alcohol and drug assessment from our Red Deer office in response to a consequence of a positive alcohol and/or drug test, an employer referral based on work performance indicators, legal referrals and privately. US DOT Assessments are available. We offer Red Deer assessments in two one-hour appointments. For clients travelling from out of the area, we will accommodate first appointment late morning and second appointment early afternoon. We also will oversee assessment appointments completed with other service providers (AHS-Addiction Services, other private clinics) and complete a Return to Duty Agreement for your employer.
A comprehensive face-to-face assessment and clinical evaluation will determine what level of assistance the client needs in resolving problems associated with alcohol use or prohibited drug use. Recommendations are made regarding a course of education and/or treatment with which the client must demonstrate successful compliance prior to returning to a safety-sensitive duty. Treatment recommendations can include, but are not limited to: In-patient treatment, partial in-patient treatment, out-patient treatment, education programs, and aftercare. Education recommendations can include, but are not limited to bona fied drug and alcohol education courses, self-help groups,and community lectures.
The Substance Abuse Professional will also develop and direct a follow-up testing plan for the
employee returning to work following successful compliance. The number and frequency of unannounced follow-up tests is directed by the assessing counsellor, and is to consist of at
least six tests in the first 12 months following the employee’s return to safety sensitive duties.
Consistent with sound clinical and established Substance Abuse Professional standards of care in clinical practice, and utilizing reliable alcohol and drug abuse assessment tools, the SAP must conduct a face-to-face evaluation of the client.The evaluation is comprised of a standard psychosocial history; an in-depth drug and alcohol use history (with information regarding onset, duration, frequency, and amount of use; substance(s) of use and choice; emotional and physical characteristics of use; associated health, work, family, personal, and interpersonal problems); and, a current mental status. The evaluation will provide a diagnosis, treatment recommendations, and a treatment plan to be successfully complied with, within a designated time period.
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