Driving Dirty – Positive DOT Testing Results on the Rise

by | Jun 26, 2017 | Employee Health Management, Employee Health Medical Management, Occupational Health Management, Workplace Safety

They’re headed north; positive DOT drug testing rates that is!

According to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Transportation, positive results for truck driving and DOT security-sensitive employees have risen to their highest levels since 2009, including year-over-year increases in 60% of drug categories (three out of five).

Drug categories with the largest failure increases:
  • Marijuana
  • Amphetamines
  • Cocaine
Tests included in the rates include:
  • Random
  • Pre-employment
  • Post-accident
  • Reasonable suspicion
  • Return to work

Workplace Safety

Would it surprise you to know that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that in 2014, 10.1 million people drove under the influence of illicit drugs? Of those who indicated that they had driven under the influence of either alcohol or illicit drugs, 7.0 million drove under the influence of alcohol and illicit drugs in the past year, including 5.9 million who drove under the simultaneous influence of alcohol and illicit drugs.

Workers who get high on drugs or drink heavily often cannot think clearly, and they may make poor decisions or serious mistakes, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Their work quality is often inconsistent, and they may have trouble concentrating or focusing.  OSHA strongly supports measures that contribute to a drug-free environment and reasonable programs of drug testing within a comprehensive workplace program for certain workplace environments, such as those involving safety-sensitive duties like operating machinery.

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We understand that knowing the right test, for the right employee, at the right time can be a challenge!

Who has time to locate available testing facilities, ensure access to the correct forms and guarantee a seamless receipt of completion?

Actually, that’s where Axiom’s Precept OHP can help.

From the moment a client implements a new program, Axiom’s team of Program Managers are dedicated to overseeing its success. We manage all aspects – from facilitating necessary testing with preferred clinics across the country, to reviewing medical bills for reasonable and customary charges before payment. We provide comprehensive workplace program, which cover your employment life cycle:

  • Pre-employment background checks
  • Pre-placement exams
  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • Mandated testing:  hearing conservation, respiratory fit & protect, etc.
  • Medical case management
  • Short term disability
  • Medication reviews
  • Return to work clearance

Based on your unique employee population, we implement monitoring programs to ensure the health and safety of your workforce.


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