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Medications and Workplace Safety

Employers across the U.S. are often challenged with how to address over-the-counter and prescription medication use by employees while ensuring a safe working environment. This concern has been evidenced by the dramatic increase in the number of prescriptions written in recent years. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and […]

2015 Federal Urine Drug Testing Data – A Perspective for Employers

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Division of Workplace Programs (DWP) compiles annual statistical data from the 30 SAMHSA certified drug testing laboratories of urine drug testing conducted under federal regulations (HHS, DOT, and NRC). In 2015, there were 6.7 million federal drug tests conducted: 1.89% were […]

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OSHA Post-Accident Testing Enforcement Date – 12/1/16

OSHA final rule impacting workplace post-accident drug testing is cleared for implementation and enforcement on 12/1/2016. A judge for the Northern District of Texas denied the petition for a preliminary injunction to stay OSHA’s implementation and enforcement of provisions In 29 CFR Part 1904.35 that prohibit employers from programs and […]

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Recorded OSHA Post-Accident Testing Webinar

OSHA recently released a new ruling which placed limitations on employers’ post-accident drug and alcohol testing programs starting December 1st, 2016. Since the initial publication of the ruling, OSHA has issued interpretations of the rule to assist employers with complying with the new the post-accident testing regulation. WorkforceQA’s Director of […]

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Fleets Seek Immediate Hair-Testing Action by FMCSA

Rather than wait for a rulemaking, several major motor carriers have petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for exemptions that would allow them to use hair-testing in lieu of urinalysis to comply with pre-employment drug testing regulations for truck drivers. Read more

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OSHA Post-Accident Testing Webinar

WorkforceQA and Visify are proud to host the following complimentary webinar on Thursday, November 17th at 2PM ET / 11AM PT: OSHA Post-Accident Testing Guidance This webinar is designed to help employers understand how the new OSHA guidelines will impact post-accident drug and alcohol testing programs. The webinar will cover: […]

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OSHA Up-Dated Post-Accident Testing Rule

On the heels of issuing yet another delay in the implementation and enforcement of its revised regulation 29 CFR Part 1904 to Dec I, 2016, OSHA posted interpretations and guidance on post-accident testing following a workplace accident with injury under Section 1904.35 of the regulation. OSHA has reiterated its position […]

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Marijuana Use & The Workplace

  Earlier this year Quest Diagnostics released its annual Drug Testing Index (DTI). The index demonstrated a disturbing trend of increases in positive drug tests over the last few years. WorkforceQA took a deeper dive into the data and explained why this is important to employers in the Workplace Drug […]

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Online Training: Medications & Safety Training for Employees

Educate Your Workforce about Safe and Responsible Use of Medications   Each year, Americans consume roughly 80% of the world’s supply of painkillers according to an online CNBC article. Highly potent synthetic opiates like Hydrocodone and Oxycodone are among the most frequently prescribed medications in the country each year. While […]

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OSHA Delays Enforcement of Rule Limiting Post-Accident Testing

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) again delays enforcement of its new post-accident drug and alcohol testing regulatory provisions in 29 CFR 190.35. The new date, December 1, 2016, is in response to a District Court’s request for additional time to consider a pending motion in a case challenging the provisions of the new rule.