Properly Securing a Collected Specimen Recently we received a call from a customer inquiring about steps he should take in properly securing a collected specimen obtained for a DOT drug test. Specifically, he wanted to know if he was required by the regulations to keep the collected specimen under padlock at all times until it […]
Testing Challenges for Marijuana Breathalyzers Despite the news reports and efforts over the course of this year by several companies to develop technology to detect marijuana use through breath, there remain testing challenges for marijuana breathalyzers. The legalization of marijuana by several states has probably hastened the development of these devices, as entrepreneurs can see […]
Drug Testing Using Hair Tests Affects Commercial Truck Drivers The Omnibus Transportation Bill that Congress passed December 4, 2015, includes a provision that authorizes hair testing when conducting pre-employment drug tests for truck drivers, as well as for random testing if the employee was subject to a hair test for pre-employment. The bill, known as […]
N.I.S.T. Keeper of the Golden Rule Have you ever noticed the words “Certification Traceable to N.I.S.T. RGM Ethanol Standards” on the label of your Alcohol Gas Tank? Here’s what that short sentence means. A calibration standard that is “N.I.S.T. traceable” has the highest level of evidential quality. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (N.I.S.T.) […]
Three Common Alcohol and Drug Testing Problems As a breath alcohol technician or specimen collector, you will undoubtedly encounter some common alcohol and drug testing problems, that if not addressed could result in a cancelled test. Here are three of the most common alcohol and drug testing challenges and some solutions to help you ensure a […]
Dry Gas Standards: Corrected or Uncorrected When evaluating dry gas standards, have you ever noticed the large “C” on the label of your dry gas tank? Or maybe your tank has a large “U” on the label. The “C” and “U” on the label stand for Corrected and Uncorrected. Here’s what that means. “Uncorrected” ethanol […]
Breath Alcohol Confirmation Test at a Different Location: 3 Steps It is not uncommon for a breath alcohol screening test to be conducted by one individual at one location and a breath alcohol confirmation test at a different location. In cases where a Screening Test Technician (STT) or BAT using saliva tests and where the screening […]
Have you ever wondered why the DOT Custody and Control form (CCF), doesn’t list “re-certification” as a reason to perform DOT drug testing? This is a good question. It is a common practice for some companies to request a DOT drug test at the same time a CDL driver is scheduled for a DOT Re-certification Physical. When confronted with this request, the tendency is for specimen collectors to mark the “Other” box on the Federal CCF and write in “Re-Cert” as the reason for the drug test. This practice creates a couple of issues:
We talk to our customers about the importance of maintaining the accuracy of their breath alcohol test instruments by performing Accuracy Checks and Calibration Adjustments, and we devote a significant amount of our classroom BAT training on how to perform these procedures as well. An element that sometimes doesn’t get as much discussion is the one thing necessary to perform Accuracy Checks and Calibration Adjustments: the Calibration Standard.
A Calibration Standard is a known quantity that we use to compare against our measuring device – in this case, a breath alcohol testing device. In medical settings calibration standards are frequently called “controls, and the process that we typically call Accuracy Check is called “running a control.” Depending on the particular device, it is not unusual for staff in medical settings to run a “high control” and a “low control” in order to verify that the device in question is giving correct readings. In alcohol testing, however, it is customary to verify at only one point.
It is with great pleasure AlcoPro introduces Ken Hutchinson as our newly appointed Training Director. Ken brings over 27-years of experience in the DOT drug and alcohol testing and compliance industry. For 10-years Ken served as a clinic manager, overseeing drug and alcohol testing training programs to ensure BAT and Specimen Collector personnel were knowledgeable in DOT Federal Regulations and professional in daily testing protocols.