Performing Drug Testing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Performing Drug Testing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Even in the outbreak, the federal government requires drug tests from employers, especially those in safety-sensitive industries, like transportation. Traditional drug testing methods, like lab-based urine testing, may be applicable, but using alternative methods for testing can be more beneficial for companies that want to ensure the safety of their employees and avoid the risk of exposing their staff to the virus.

According to the DOT, employers should consider mobile collection services for required testing if the fixed site facilities are not available. They emphasized that collectors should continue their services per state or local mandates related to COVID-19.

So how do these clinics or health companies go about collecting specimens for probation drug testing in Arlington, Texas? Typically, they follow these safety protocols:

  1. Upholding Social Distancing
    Social distancing must always be practiced during collection. Employees must stay 6 feet away from each other while they wait for their turn for the test.
  2. Using PPEs
    Collectors should always wear PPE when collecting samples. These include facemasks, face shields, gowns, and gloves. To take extra precautions around bodily fluids, employees can also wear face shields and masks.
  3. Increasing Sanitation Measures
    Since drug tests commonly use urine tests, restrooms must always be sanitized in between tests. Equipment used for testing, like breathalyzers, is also cleaned with an antimicrobial cleaner or disinfectant.

Do you need mobile drug testing services in Arlington, Texas? Our professionals at MedWay Onsite Health Solutions can visit your location when you schedule an appointment with us today. We have also been ramping up DOT UDS/BAT certification training for urgent care clinics. This comprehensive online course is self-paced and includes mock proficiency demonstrations via video conference.

Other than these, we also provide FDA Emergency Use Authorized COVID-19 “Coronavirus” IgG/IgM Rapid Test Kit.

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