For all truckers: Did you know that there’s a push to allow drug screening using hair samples in place of the federally mandated urine test used today? A group of trucking companies believes that using hair as a test sample is a more effective and viable option compared to traditional urinalysis testing.
What is the purpose of the trucking group?
The group is made up of different trucking companies. As a whole, they support legislation and regulation that can help minimize trucking accidents and injuries. The group might sound familiar since they were involved in the passing of ELDs or Electronic Logging Devices in every commercial truck doing business in the country.
To know more about ELD check out https://www.businessinsider.com/what-is-eld-mandate-trucking-2018-10 for more details.
The alliance was also involved in designing and creation of the national alcohol and drug database. The database identifies drivers that failed drug screenings before, as well as help, keep illegal substance users out of trucks. The group is now aiming to have the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration allow trucking companies to use hair drug testing only in assessing people who want to apply for a commercial truck driving position.
Right now, the law in the country states that every trucking company is required to test every driver in their roster for illicit drugs using a urine sample testing. Companies are free to use other methods or supplement urine test with a hair screening, but they cannot report the results.
The alliance disagrees with the statement because they believe that illegal substance screening in the pre-employment phase of hiring drivers is a federal law. According to experts testing hair samples are considered as one of the most effective ways to know what type of drugs people are using and help keep them out of the commercial …» Read more