Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Mobile Medical Corporation's (MMC) On-site Medical Services and Job Site Drug Testing Enhancing Jobsite Safety

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) is a premier provider of workplace substance abuse testing and on-site medical services nationwide.  MMC's onsite nursing and first-aid solutions provide construction projects with an industry leading first response emergency team that can quickly take charge and treat minor injuries and accidents.  MMC's on-site medical services team enhances any projects administrative and injury reporting capabilities and truly enables employers to keep track of daily work site incidents.  Mobile Medical Corporation provides numerous in-depth injury job site reports to project managers and safety directors including initial treatment and follow-up treatment injury reports.  Contact MMC today to find more about our cost saving on-site medical solutions.

Mobile Medical Corporation's corporate headquarters is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  MMC has  satellite offices in Cleveland ,OH - Baltimore , MD - Astoria, NY - Paramus, NJ and Sacramento, CA.

Mobile Medical Corporation Provides:

Drug and Alcohol Testing - DOT and Non-DOT
On-site Medical Services and First-Aid
Physicals and Testing - FIT, PFT, Blood Leads...
Labor Management Programs
Customizable Technology to Meet Our Clients Needs
SkillCheck - Online Verification System


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Oakland California Allows Cultivation of Medical Marijuana

Oakland, California will soon issue up to 4 permits for the Establishment of marijuana ranches that will legally be able to cultivate marijuana for medical purposes. Oakland hopes to standardize the marijuana farms and bring them into the mainstream. The city's goal is to be able to tax medical marijuana two-fold. Oakland already taxes the sale of medical marijuana and once the pot farms begin growing their product the city will levy a cultivation tax also. Oakland government official Jean Quan stated, "This is going to grow as an industry. And someone is going to have a high-tech producer."

The Federal Court System has ruled that the Federal guidelines supersede the States when dealing with compassionate laws on marijuana use. The Supreme Court has ruled that employers and the government can prosecute in those states that have compassionate laws on marijuana use. Employers need not accommodate the state rule. When it comes to quality employment drug testing solutions employers and risk mitigation professionals should solely rely on a professional drug testing firm like Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC). Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) can help you with all of your substance abuse testing needs. MMC works closely with all clients to establish focused policies and testing procedures that comply with both the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Non-Federal testing programs.

Contact MMC today!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Keeping Your Employees Safe on Outdoor Construction Sites - Keeping an Eye on West Nile Virus

With most Summer construction related employment taking place on open air job sites, safety managers need to be aware of all outdoor risks including West Nile Virus. West Nile Virus is a seasonal epidemic in North America that flares up in the summer and continues into the fall. Most often the virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to humans and other animals when they bite. Even a small outbreak of West Nile Virus could lead to employee absenteeism, loss of time and money and other project delays and interruptions.

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) Up to 20% of the people who become infected have symptoms such as fever, headache, and body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. Symptoms can last for as short as a few days, though even healthy people have become sick for several weeks. Severe symptoms can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. These symptoms may last several weeks, and neurological effects may be permanent.

To keep your workforce healthy, leading health authorities recommend the following deterrents:

Mosquito Spray
Spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent will give extra protection. Don't apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin. Do not spray repellent on the skin under your clothing.

Eliminate Standing Water
Eliminate any standing water from your work site, and dispose of containers that can collect water. Mosquitos lay eggs in standing water.

Protective Clothing
Although it is going to be a long hot Summer - long-sleeves, long pants and socks can help shield individuals from mosquito bites.

When is Biting Time?
The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many species of mosquitoes

Dr. Thomas Farley, New York City Health Commissioner commented, "Warm standing water is the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes... it is vitally important to make sure standing water is reduced to help prevent mosquito breeding," Farley concluded, "This summer it is especially important to take simple personal steps to reduce exposure to mosquitoes, especially for persons 50 years or older. The best way to reduce risk is to wear repellent outdoors in the evening, when mosquitoes are most active."

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC), a Pittsburgh Drug Testing firm and national on-site medical services provider is an advocate for workplace safety. MMC continually monitors the media and government sites for news and information relating to job site safety and will publish important updates and helpful news items when available.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Uncle Sam Claims Abuse of Prescription Pain Medication Increased 400% over Ten Year Span

The White House Office of Drug Control Policy recently issued the findings of a drug study performed during 1998 to 2008. The policy group found that during that decade there was a 400% increase in the number of people admitted for treatment for abusing prescription pain medicine. Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the White House Office of Drug Control Policy, declared that prescription drug abuse is now the second-most prevalent form of illicit drug use in the country, and the nation's fastest-growing drug problem. The government target group for this study included every gender, race, ethnicity, education and employment level and covered all regions of the country.

In a previous blog on prescription abuse, MMC reported that Mark Long, chief of the Montana Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation Narcotics Bureau believes that, "Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Methadone and Fentanyl are the four most commonly abused prescription painkillers." OxyContin has become a target for abusers because of the larger amounts of the active ingredient in relation to other previous oxycodone products and the ability of abusers to easily compromise the controlled release formulation. Simply crushing the tablet can negate the timed effect of the drug, enabling abusers to swallow, inhale, or inject the drug, which is water soluble, for a powerful morphine-like high.

Contact Pittsburgh Drug testing firm - Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) - today for more information about OxyContin drug testing and other prescription and substance abuse testing services!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Pennsylvania Next on Medical Marijuana Stage

The PA House Committee on Health and Human Services recently heard testimony from users and advocates of medical marijuana who argue that the drug should be legalized because it is effective in treating pain. the State Attorney General and members of the Senate are not likely to schedule a vote on the bill anytime soon though.

The bill sponsored by Rep. Mark Cohen would authorize the state Department of Health to issue ID cards to patients who have been diagnosed by a physician with a debilitating medical condition, such as cancer or HIV, and whose physician recommended the use of marijuana. Patients under 18 could use marijuana, as well, with the consent of a parent or custodian.

State Attorney General Tom Corbett opposes the bill warning that even the limited legalization of marijuana could compound the dangers that drugs present to society.

14 states have enacted laws that legalize medical marijuana (Date Legalized)

Alaska (1998)
California (1996)
Colorado (2004)
Hawaii (2000)
Maine (1999)
Michigan (2008)
Montana (2004)
Nevada (2000)
New Jersey (2010)
New Mexico (2007)
Oregon (1998)
Rhode Island (2006)
Vermont (2004)
Washington (1998)

Friday, July 9, 2010

Iowa Law Enforcement pulls over Drunk Lawn Mower Rider

The Demoines Register reported that a 28 year old man was pulled over while riding a lawn mover... On the highway! Robert Grimstad was seen swerving all over the road and when police finally caught up to the perpetrator they found his blood alcohol content to be .190. Grimstad's reason for cruising on his mower down highway 17 - he was out collecting cans on the side of the road. Boone County Sheriff Ron Fehr was asked if Grimstad was speeding when he was pulled over and Fehr replied "I don't know, how fast does a lawn mower go?" Fehr stated that "In Iowa, it's illegal to drive any motor vehicle anywhere while intoxicated - he could have been charged while mowing his own lawn." Robert Grimstad had been in trouble with the law before as he has two DUI charges, a public intoxication and a record for driving with a revoked license. By the way average riding mowers can travel between 5 to 7 MPH.

Blood Alcohol Concentration Levels & The Implied Consent Law

"Per Se" Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Level - Most states have DUI laws that deem "per se intoxicated" any driver with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above .08 percent. This means that drivers with a BAC at or above .08 are intoxicated in the eyes of the law, and no additional proof of driving impairment is necessary.

"Zero Tolerance" Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Level - All states carry "zero tolerance" laws that target drivers under the legal drinking age. These laws penalize persons under 21 for operating a vehicle with any trace of alcohol in their systems (a BAC above 0.0), or with negligible BAC levels such as .01 or .02 percent.

"Enhanced Penalty" Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Level - Many states impose harsher penalties on DUI offenders with a particularly high BAC at the time of the offense, typically .15 to .20 percent. DUI offenders with a BAC at or above their state's enhanced penalty standards will likely face additional jail time, harsher fines, and more severe driver's license sanctions.

"Implied Consent" Laws - "Implied consent" laws require vehicle drivers to submit to some form of chemical test, such as breath, blood, or urine testing, if suspected of DUI. If a driver refuses to submit to such testing, implied consent laws carry penalties such as mandatory suspension of a driver's license, usually for six months to a year.

The Office of National Drug Control Policy claims that drugs and alcohol cost taxpayers more than $300 billion annually in preventable health care costs, extra law enforcement, auto crashes, crime and lost job productivity. Mobile Medical Corporation's Random Drug Testing with Saliva Alcohol Testing can help to stem the costs of "working" under the influence. Pittsburgh, PA based Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) is an industry leader in providing customized workplace drug and alcohol testing and credential tracking solutions. Contact MMC today and ask MMC about Instant Saliva Alcohol Testing!
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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Lindsay Lohan Violates DUI Probation - Heading to Jail

Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan was recently sentenced to 90 days in jail for violating the probation of her 2007 DUI conviction. Lohan's violation stemmed from her failing to attend court-ordered alcohol education classes. Lohan will also have to go through 90 days in-patient rehabilitation. In an earlier blog, Pittsburgh Drug Testing firm Mobile Medical Corporaton (MMC) reported on Lohan's earlier run in with the law stemming from her alcohol abuse. In May, Lohan was issued a SCRAM bracelet which measures blood alcohol content (BAC) and if a person has used alcohol it relays that signal to the monitoring company. She also was ordered to participate in Random Drug Testing. Judge Marsha Revel said, "She knew the prosecutor would be asking for jail time and yet still after all that, she didn't comply with the court order and the court does find her in violation of her probation."

Whether it is a Hollywood starlet or a multi-employer construction project Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) provides compliant and multi-leveled (Pre-Employment, Annual, Random, For-Cause, etc.) substance abuse testing, Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) offers a vast array of compatible screening solutions designed to meet any Drug Free Workplace initiative. MMC's certified collection technicians all pass a rigorous DATIA training course. MMC partners with the largest accredited laboratories in the nation which allows us to truly be involved from start to finish on every drug test we perform for our clients. All of Mobile Medical Corporation's laboratory partners are certified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to meet all strict government requirements.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

SAMHSA Reports ER Visits Soar On 4th of July Weekend for Underage Drinkers

According to SAMHSA's newest press release, emergency room visits for underage drinkers on and around the 4th of July holiday are almost 90% higher than on any other average day in July. SAMHSA statistics have hospital visits on any other normal day in July at 502 and on the 4th of July Weekend ER visits soar to 938!

SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D.says, "Underage drinking is not a harmless right of passage. It has far-reaching consequences. In addition to emergency department visits, injuries, arrests and embarrassment, 5,000 deaths in people under age 21 are linked to alcohol each year."

to read the full report click here.