CDC COVID-19 Update On Employees Returning To The Workforce

Posted by Dr. Susan Nelson - PHC Medical Director on Jul 28, 2020 10:56:58 AM

The CDC has provided an Update On Employees Returning To The Workforce after a positive COVID-19 Test.

New guidance issued by the CDC for individuals with COVID-19 who have symptoms and were directed to care for themselves at home states that individuals may Return to Work under the following conditions:

  • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms have improved.
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Topics: Testing, COVID-19, Return to Work

Employees Returning from Layoffs or Furloughs: When Are Employers Required and/or Allowed to Administer Tests?

Posted by Melinda Page on Jun 16, 2020 10:07:31 AM
   


Employers are slowly easing back into a new normal. As they reopen their businesses and bring back staff laid off or furloughed during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, employers must make decisions about handling a large reentry of staff members. These decisions instill a sense of stability for employees, ensuring that safety and stability are at the forefront of company policies.
Employee recall can be complicated as some companies may need to recall employees at different times while others companies may be able to recall all furloughed and/or laid off employees. Much of employee recall depends on a company’s work demands and social distancing rules set in place. In any case, employers must evaluate these processes and how they are to be most efficiently handled.
Part of the recalling process is employers deciding whether the employer will have employee’s drug tested or not. When evaluating this issue, employers must consider their obligations under their agreements and policies in place.

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Topics: coronavirus, requirements for drug testing, employee drug testing, Drug free workplace, drug testing, Testing, COVID-19

The Importance of Reasonable Suspicion Training

Posted by Melinda Page on Jun 16, 2020 10:06:34 AM

The managers and supervisors in any workplace, particularly those belonging to the DOT industry, have to deal with numerous issues every day to maintain a productive and safe workplace. Most would agree that reasonable suspicion drug testing and screening is one of the most challenging responsibilities they face.

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Topics: requirements for drug testing, employee drug testing, Drug free workplace, drug testing, Reasonable suspicion testing, reasonable suspicion training program

DRUG TESTING, PHYSICALS, & DOT COMPLIANCE DURING COVID-19.

Posted by Johanna Penafiel on Jun 9, 2020 2:37:25 PM

YOUTUBE WEBINAR ON: DRUG TESTING, PHYSICALS AND COMPLIANCE  DURING COVID-19 LEARN FROM THE EXPERTS. 

Speakers :

Margaret Spence, CEO of C. Douglas & Asociates, Inc.

Patrick Armstrong, VP of O.M. Management, Inc.

Johanna Penafiel, National Account Manager, O.M. Management, Inc.

Maxine Topper,  Executive VP, Physicians Health Center.

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Topics: occupational medicine, protocols, employee drug testing, Drug free workplace, drug testing, Testing, COVID-19

Quest Laboratory Patient Service Centers New Requirements

Posted by Johanna Penafiel on May 1, 2020 12:52:38 PM

 

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Topics: coronavirus, requirements for drug testing, drug testing

Reasons To Have a Drug Free Workplace

Posted by Johanna Penafiel on Mar 31, 2020 11:54:04 AM

 

Business owners and companies strive to promote a safe working environment for all employees, where better health is encouraged. Therefore, most of the organizations consider the usage of alcohol and drugs on the job as a counterproductive and unsafe practice and aim to maintain a drug free workplace.

 

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Topics: requirements for drug testing, employee drug testing, Drug free workplace, drug testing

Understanding FMCSA Clearinghouse Regulations

Posted by Johanna Penafiel on Dec 26, 2019 3:44:11 PM

Delivery driver driving van with parcels on seat outside warehouse
“The FMCSA Clearinghouse is a centralized database that employers will use to report drug and alcohol program violations and to check that current or prospective employees are not prohibited from performing safety-sensitive functions, such as operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), due to an unresolved drug and alcohol program violation—that is, a violation for which the driver has not completed the return-to-duty (RTD) process. This query must be conducted as part of a pre-employment driver investigation, and at least annually for current employees.” – FMCSA Clearinghouse.

DOT regulations mandates the use of the Clearinghouse to go into effect January 6th, 2020. Employers, independent drivers/owner-operators, and Medical Review Officers will be required to report all positive DOT tests for drugs and/or alcohol, including refusals to comply with drug and alcohol testing. Employers and drivers will need to fill out authorization forms and

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