Lab technician wearing white coat and gloves testing urine

Are Regulated Drug Screens Right for Your Business?

By Michael Galvan | 02/29/2016

Many government workers and employees who want to drive commercial vehicles must pass what is called a regulated drug screen. Regulated drug screens have specific parameters set by the government. These drug screens test for five types of substances.

  1. Marijuana
  2. Cocaine
  3. Amphetamines
  4. Opiates
  5. PCP

Regulated drug screens also test for tampering and masking drugs.

Test centers can obtain data from a variety of samples, but the two most common types are hair tests and urine tests. Hair samples can often detect prior drug use from months ago because hair grows slowly. Urine tests are the most widely utilized screening method because samples are easy to obtain and can be tested quickly.

Drug screens are an important part of the hiring process for the government and private industry. They help hiring managers find the right candidates, reduce liability, and create a safer workplace.

Here are the specific government agencies that require a regulated drug screen.

  • FAA-pilots, flight crew members, flight attendants, flight Instructors, air traffic controllers, aircraft dispatchers, aircraft maintenance ground security, etc.
  • FMCSA- commercial driver’s license.
  • USCG- coast guard members operating a commercial vessel.
  • PHSMA- pipeline workers.
  • FRA- railroad personal, signal service, and train dispatchers.
  • FTA- transit operators, controllers, mechanics, and armed security.

When applying for a job in commercial transportation with the government, a regulated drug screen will be a mandatory part of the process. If you are interested in partnering with Concentra for regulated drugs screens to create a stronger and safer workforce for your employees, click here to contact us today.