Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Mobile Medical Corporation's Mobile Drug Testing Unit On The Road!



Mobile Medical Corporation recently added a new graphics package to their Mobile Drug Testing Unit in an effort to enhance marketing presence on the road and at job sites!  When it comes to compliant and multi-leveled substance abuse testing programs, Pittsburgh based Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) offers a vast array of compatible screening solutions designed to meet any Drug Free Workplace initiative nationwide. 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.

Schedule MMC's Mobile Drug Testing Unit for an on-site drug and alcohol testing today!

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Changes to 49 CFR Part 40, Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs Effective October 1, 2010


Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC)
 Drug Testing Industry Alert!

Introduction
The Omnibus Transportation Employees Testing Act (Omnibus Act) requires the Department of Transportation (DOT) to follow Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) requirements for testing procedures/protocols and drugs. Most of the changes to 49 CFR Part 40 were made to meet specific DHHS guidelines for laboratory procedures, drug cut-off levels, and drugs. These guidelines apply to federal employees and employees in federally regulated industries, such as transportation and nuclear, as well as state regulations that mandate compliance with DHHS guidelines.

Changes
On October 1, 2010, The following changes to the DHHS and DOT drug testing panel will be required:

Amphetamines
§ Decrease the Amphetamines screening cutoff from 1000 ng/mL to 500 ng/mL;

§ Decrease the confirmation cutoff of both amphetamine and methamphetamine from 500 ng/mL to 250 ng/mL;

§ Only MDMA is added as a specific target drug for screening; MDMA, MDA and MDEA are included in confirmation testing.

Testing for MDMA (Ecstasy)
MDMA will be a target analyte in the amphetamines screening assay, with confirmation testing for MDMA, MDA, and MDEA.

6-Monoacetylmorphine (heroin metabolite)
§ Addition of a specific screening test for the heroin metabolite at 10 ng/mL cutoff concentration. This change requires a laboratory to confirm and report the heroin metabolite by itself, in contrast to the current Guidelines policy that requires the heroin metabolite to be tested and reported in conjunction with a positive morphine result. Recent data indicates that the heroin metabolite is present in
specimens even when the morphine concentration is below 2000 ng/mL.

Cocaine
§ Decrease the Cocaine metabolite screening cutoff from 300 ng/mL to 150 ng/mL

§ Decrease the Cocaine metabolite confirmation cutoff from 150ng/mL to 100ng/mL

How Will These Changes Affect You?
Although Non-DOT regulated testing programs are not required to implement these upcoming changes (except where required by law),

Industry consensus is that most non-DOT regulated program owners and employers will most likely make changes to follow the new

guidelines. As the new revisions will take effect soon you may need to consider a few issues regarding drug testing program.
Some issues to consider...

Will you revise your testing panel to comply with the new government revisions? Will adding the new screens increase costs?

Do you belong to an association, a labor-management cooperative program or other organization that requires you to follow DHHS guidelines? How will their changes affect or change your program?

Are you in a State with a “Drug Free Work Place” Program that requires you to mirror the new regulations in order to bid state funded projects?

Need Advice?
Part 40 Final Rule is effective October 1, 2010 and a copy of the Federal Register Notice is available on our Website under Latest News. DOT-regulated employers should ensure that their policies include the updated definitions, drugs tested for, and cut-off levels in their policy. If you have questions about the Part 40 Final Rule, please contact  877-688-8358.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Coming Soon to America - Roadside Drug Testing By Law Enforcement Agencies

The Michigan House of Representatives recently introduced a bill that would allow police to conduct roadside drug testing for reasonable cause. The tests would be in the same fashion as current DUI roadside alcohol testing. Police would utilize portable substance abuse testing devices which would rapidly show results. Rick Jones a Representative of the state legislature and former county sheriff stated that, "Police could know within minutes whether a driver is high on drugs."

Other countries such as Australia already use roadside drug testing. The police force in New South Wales, Australia has rolled out their new state-of-the-art drug testing vans. The new vans are equipped with wireless Evidential Breath Analysis instruments, mobile data terminals, and storage for RDT samples. The new vehicles will increase the police force's armada to a total of 13. Vehicles in service include: 5 new drug testing vans along with 3 older roadside units which are equipped to test motorists for the presence of drugs as well as five random breath testing vans. In New South Wales, over 37,700 drug tests have been conducted and over 820 drivers have tested positive since the implementation of roadside screening in 2006 and of the 820 drivers who tested positive for the presence of drugs, the majority came from combinations of cannabis, ecstasy and Methamphetamine.

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 Screening Solutions with Saliva Alcohol Testing can help employers 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 Drug and Saliva Alcohol Testing!   Toll Free: 888-662-8358

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Mobile Medical Corporation's Tips For a Healthy Workplace

  • Get plenty of rest, exercise and relaxation and be sure to eat a healthy diet.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner if soap and water are not available.
  • Be sure to wash your hands after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Avoid spreading germs by touching your nose, mouth, and eyes.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Keep frequently touched common surfaces clean, in the workplace these items might be telephones, computer keyboards, doorknobs, computer mouse, etc.
  • Try not use other workers’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment.
  • Don’t spread the flu! If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home. Symptoms of flu include fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or chills and cough or sore throat. In addition, symptoms of flu can include runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, diarrhea, or vomiting.
  • The CDC recommendsthat sick workers stay home if they are sick with flu-like illness until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
  • Get vaccinated against seasonal flu!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) Drug Testing Industry Alert: Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs take effect on October 1, 2010

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revisions to the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs take effect on October 1, 2010.   Be prepared! Call MMC today to find out how the new revisions will affect your drug screening policy Toll Free 1-888-662-8358


DOT Panel Changes – 49 CFR Part 40

ECSTASY MDMA
Adds testing for Ecstasy (MDMA). Screening cut-off for MDMA is set at 500 ng/mL, with confirmation for MDMA, MDA, and MDEA at 250 ng/mL.

MANDATORY TESTING FOR HEROINE
Adding 6-AM Heroin Metabolite to Opiate Screening

REDUCED CUTOFF AND SCREENING LEVELS
Cocaine
Current: 300 ng/mL screening - New: 150 ng/mL screening
Current: 150 ng/mL confirmation - New 100 ng/mL confirmation

Amphetamines
Current: 1000 ng/mL screening - New: 500 ng/mL screening
Current: 500 ng/mL confirmation - New: 250 ng/mL confirmation

When it comes to compliant and multi-leveled substance abuse testing programs, Pittsburgh based Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) offers a vast array of compatible screening solutions designed to meet any Drug Free Workplace initiative nationwide. 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.To read the federal register please click here.