Category: Workplace Testing

What does the MORE Act mean for safety-sensitive employees and marijuana?

What does the MORE Act mean for safety-sensitive employees and marijuana? December 4 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the MORE Act by a vote of 228-164. This act removes marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under the Controlled Substances Act. If the MORE Act becomes law, it would decriminalize marijuana but would not stop safety-sensitive employees such as FMCSA regulated drivers from being tested for marijuana. The language was added to the bill on Nov. 30 that would allow drug tests to be required for any Schedule I substance, which is defined as drugs with no currently accepted ... Read more

Do you know the difference? – Opiate vs. Opioid

Do you know the difference between an Opiate and an Opioid? Both groups of substances are narcotics and used medically for pain relief, anesthesia, and cough or diarrhea suppression. However, both are used illicitly by those with a substance use disorder. Read more below on the differences between Opiates and Opioids. Do you know the difference? – Opiate vs. Opioid The terms opiate and opioid can be confusing as they are often used interchangeably or incorrectly. The term opiate refers to any substance that is derived naturally from the opium poppy plant. The term opioid however is broader and refers ... Read more

Legalizing Marijuana in 2020

Did you know that 1 in 3 Americans live in a state where recreational marijuana is legal? South Dakota made history when it became the first state to legalize both medical and recreational marijuana at the same time in the November 2020 election. Although you may hear different answers from different people, and we’re still learning more about the consequences all the time, today we’re exploring the states that have decriminalized marijuana in 2020. Legalizing Marijuana in 2020 During the 2020 election New Jersey, Arizona, South Dakota, and Montana became the latest states to legalize marijuana. This addition raised the ... Read more

4 Benefits of Onsite Workplace Testing

4 Benefits of Onsite Workplace Testing Drug testing is essential to ensuring a drug-free workplace. While you know how important it is to keep your operations drug-free, drug abuse is a real problem that can wreak havoc quickly. A drug-testing policy is a great way to deter employees from using illicit drugs on the job.  Drug testing is a critical part of keeping your workplace productive and safe, but you want to make sure your employees can maximize their time at work. How can you get excellent drug testing without spending your employee’s time away from work and risking an ... Read more

CSAPA Recertification of Account Manager John Throckmorton

Tomo is happy to announce the recent recertification – Tomo Account Manager John Throckmorton was approved by the Commission for Drug and Alcohol Program Professionals for recertification of CSAPA – Certified Substance Abuse Program Administrator. Visit our leadership and management directory to learn more about him. Congratulations John! #tomotalks #tomotraining #thetomodifference

FMCSA COVID-19 Pre-employment Testing Clarification

The Department of Transportation published a notice granting a three-month waiver from certain pre-employment testing requirements applicable to employers of drivers subject to 49 CFR part 382 in June. FMCSA recently clarified the notice concerning CDL permits. Read more about the regulations and noted issue below and how we can help. FMCSA Pre-Employment Testing Clarification FMCSA in Washington recently clarified that the widely accepted interpretation of regulations concerning CDL permits is actually incorrect.  Previously, the understanding of the regulation was that anytime a future CDL employee was going to obtain their written CDL permit within 30 days, the employer could ... Read more

FMCSA COVID-19 Pre-Employment Testing Waiver

The Department of Transportation recently published a notice granting a three-month waiver from certain pre-employment testing requirements applicable to employers of drivers subject to 49 CFR part 382. Read more about the regulations and noted issue below. FMCSA COVID-19 Pre-Employment Testing Waiver The Department of Transportation recently published a notice granting a three-month waiver from certain pre-employment testing requirements applicable to employers of drivers subject to 49 CFR part 382. This action responds to the President’s Executive Order No. 13924, Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery, issued on May 19, 2020, related to the economic consequences of the Coronavirus Disease ... Read more

Returning to Duty – COVID-19

Returning to Duty – COVID-19 As stay at home orders are lifted and employees are returning to the office, we have received many questions on drug and alcohol testing in preparation of these employees returning to work. Nearly 15M people with Substance Misuse Disorder were employed in the pre-COVID 19 workforce. Effectively, 70% of U.S. drug abusers were employed in the nation’s workplaces. (source) The objective of drug and alcohol testing is not to “catch” drug misusers, but to discourage the misuse. If your policy includes and supports return-to-duty drug and alcohol testing you were already prepared. If not, it ... Read more

OSHA Releases Notice on Respirator Fit Testing During COVID-19

OSHA Releases Notice on Respirator Fit Testing During COVID-19 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued two notices clarifying existing requirements for respirator fit-testing and their agency policy waivers during COVID-19. March 14, 2020 OSHA issued a notice temporarily waving the annual (not initial) fit-testing requirement for respirators and recommended discontinuing use of “quantitative” fit testing instead of  “qualitative” fit testing for health care workers during the pandemic. April 8, 2020 OSHA issued a second notice expanding this to all covered employers. Employers must make “good-faith efforts” to comply with OSHA’s respiratory protection regulations, among other steps, including ... Read more

A Comprehensive Guide to the Respirator Fit Test

A respirator is Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) designed to protect the wearer from a potential hazardous environment. A respirator fit test determines if the PPE can be worn without having any leaks, and which device is best for the wearer. Read below to learn more about what a respirator fit test includes and how your employees can best prepare. We currently offer respirator fit-testing at our Tulsa, Oklahoma location. A Comprehensive Guide to the Respirator Fit Test Wearing a respirator is a crucial item to your employee’s uniform if working in conditions you could breathe in polluted air, vapors, or ... Read more