Guest Blog Series: What to Expect from a Drug Test
I have never had a drug test before; what do I need to do? I am nervous about my drug test; what should I expect? It is perfectly normal for someone to feel nervous prior to doing a drug test. A majority of the nerves develop as a result of not knowing what to expect from a drug test.
First, you may wonder, why me? There are a number of reasons why you might receive a drug test. It could be a requirement of accepting a job (pre-employment), it could be to keep compliance with a governing agency (random), it could be as a result of an accident or injury (post-accident), or it could be due to reasonable suspicion. As a society, some view a drug screen with a negative connotation, as a means of “busting” people. In reality, screening employees or students for drugs and alcohol can promote and maintain a culture of safety, compliance, and productivity. There are a few different methods for drug and alcohol screening that can be used by employers. These methods include hair, oral fluid, and urine; however, urine screenings are the most common. To help alleviate your nerves, Tomo Drug Testing is going to tell you six things to expect from your drug and alcohol urine screening:
1) Provide proper identification.
When meeting one of our certified collectors, you will be instructed to do a few things prior to providing a specimen. As the donor, you will want to make sure you have appropriate identification with a government or employer-issued ID. What if you do not have proper photo identification? That is okay; proper identification can be made by your Designated Employer Representative.
2) Empty your pockets and remove outerwear.
After providing proper identification, you will be asked to remove the contents from your pockets along with any outerwear, such as jackets, coats, hats, scarves, etc. All your contents will be placed in a secure location that will be locked.
3) Wash your hands before entering the bathroom.
After emptying your pockets you will be asked to wash your hands with soap and water. This is to ensure your hands are clean and the drug screen can not be contaminated.
4) Size up the scene.
Our bathrooms will be secure for performing these drug screens. All water will be turned off and inaccessible. There will also be blue dye present in the toilet; this will be in place to make sure the toilet is not flushed without a collector present in the restroom. The collector will make sure you do not have questions related to the process before allowing you to provide your specimen.
5) Do your thing, and give the specimen to the collector.
Once you have provided the specimen to the collector, he or she make sure the specimen is adequate for a valid test. Temperature, color, smell, and amount will be taken into account when determining if the specimen is valid to continue. Once the specimen is determined to be valid, the collector will allow you to wash your hands and place all the contents back in your pockets. To the greatest degree possible, the collector will keep the specimen in view of both the donor and collector throughout the duration of the test.
6) Complete the evaluation.
The company policy of your employer will determine if we do a screening test at the testing office or we bottle up for shipment to a laboratory. Our collectors will make sure that proper documentation is completed and any questions get answered beforehand.
A Question About Medication . . .
Our collectors are commonly asked if we need to know about donors’ medications. As collectors, we do not need to know about any medication. We will have you discuss that with your employer.
A drug screening is intended to be a quick and painless process. Tomo Drug Testing will make the experience professional and fast, and we ensure all your questions will get answered in an effort to make you a raving fan!
The author of this blog post is Caleb Stoll, who is the Vice President of Testing Services at Tomo Drug Testing. He has been employed with Tomo since November 2009. He started at Tomo as a certified collector after completing his bachelor’s degree in Cell Molecular Biology at Missouri State University. As the VP of Testing Services, he keeps all of our collectors’ certificates, requirements, and trainings up to date. He also helps with project development as Tomo expands into new types of testings and locations.