Workplace Drug Testing
Bostec Inc. helps companies in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska set up workplace testing programs—training your staff and supplying them with the tools necessary to do the job right.
We also assist Whatcom County companies with implementation of their drug testing programs—offering a convenient location for your employees to come for random or scheduled drug tests.
Understanding liability for employees and public safety
Companies of all size–whether mom-and-pop operations, small businesses with 10 employees or large corporations with hundreds of staff members–have an undeniable duty to provide a safe and drug-free working environment for their employees.
In addition, businesses that employ workers who can have an impact on public safety (commercial drivers, pilots, heavy equipment operators, mechanics, etc.), have an even higher need to ensure their workers are drug and alcohol free.
We help companies mitigate liability related to employees using drugs and alcohol at work, or an employee’s off-hours activities.
Is your business regulated by the Department of Transportation?
The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) requires select industries and employers to participate in breath alcohol testing programs as a public safety measure.
Even if your local small business employs just one commercial motor vehicle driver, you must comply with DOT’s comprehensive drug and alcohol testing laws. Companies failing to comply with these laws face fines and penalties that can reach $10,000 per violation.
Bostec Inc. helps companies in the Pacific Northwest (and sometimes beyond) stay in compliance with DOT regulations. If your company is regulated by DOT, we will ensure that your training program will meet strict criteria that complies with their regulations.
What Pacific Northwest CDL drivers should know about using CBD products
The following information comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation, which shares that it is important for all employees who perform safety-sensitive functions, including CDL drivers, to know:
- The USDOT requires testing for marijuana and not CBD.
- The labeling of many CBD products may be misleading because the products could contain higher levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) than what’s stated on the product label.
- The USDOT’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulation, 49 CFR Part 40, does not authorize the use of Schedule I drugs, including marijuana, for any reason.
- CBD use is not a legitimate medical explanation for a laboratory-confirmed marijuana positive result. Therefore, Medical Review Officers will verify a drug test confirmed at the appropriate cutoffs as positive, even if an employee claims they only used a CBD product.
- Since the use of CBD products could lead to a positive drug test result, USDOT-regulated CDL drivers should exercise caution when considering whether to use CBD products.
For more information, please visit https://www.transportation.gov/odapc/cbd-notice.
What can Bostec Inc. do to help?
Our experienced program staff can set up all the components necessary for your company to begin a workplace drug and alcohol testing program.
Contact our Lynden, WA drug testing office today to see how we can help.