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FAQ – For Employers

How far in advance do I need to book an appointment?

We typically book same appointments for drug and alcohol testing, audio testing and mask fit testing. For health assessments we are typically able to book within 1-2 days. If you have a large group of employees you need to test, please call and discuss. For post-incident/emergency testing, a technician is always available same-day.

Do I need an account with you to book appointments?

No, though we do require payment information at the time of booking as well as relevant company details and reporting details.

What payment methods do you accept?

Cash, Credit/ Debit. Applications are accepted for companies interested in setting up an account.

Can you complete testing at our office/onsite?

If you have a private washroom we can have access to for the duration of testing and a private area to complete paperwork with employees then yes!

We are also able to complete health assessments, mask fit testing, audio testing and pulmonary function testing at your worksite if you can supply the work space for us. Call to inquire about these opportunities to make testing faster and easier for you!

How soon can I get results?

Express drug testing and breath alcohol results are delivered same day and you will leave our office with a copy of results. Lab testing results take 2-3 business days. Audio, Mask Fit and PFT results are delivered same day, if results are normal. Health assessment results are delivered next business day, unless further assessment is required.

Do you issue Clean Cards?

Yes! We understand that you need to get OnSite fast so we ensure you will leave our office with a Clean Card in hand (for Express drug testing and breath alcohol testing) providing your result is negative of course!

What is the difference between 5, 7, 8 and 12 Panel drug tests?

The standard drug test is the Panel 5 (also called Panel 7) – tests for Marijuana, Cocaine, Opiates (Codeine, Morphine, Heroin), PCP (phencyclidine) and Amphetamines (Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, Ecstasy)
Panel 8 – all Panel 5 drugs + Oxycodone (a semi-synthetic Opiate not included in the standard Opiates panel)
Panel 10 + 12 – All Panel 5 drugs + some or all of the following:
Oxycodone (a semi-synthetic Opiate not included in the standard Opiates panel), Benzodiazepines, Barbiturates, Methadone and Propoxyphene

What type of drug testing can you do?

We complete urine, hair and oral fluid drug testing. Depending on the situation and reason for testing, each method of testing has its benefits.
Urine lab – gold standard of drug testing. Most accurate/ reliable and legally defensible.
Oral fluid – shorter detection window, least intrusive, useful in shy bladder situations and remote locations
Hair – historic drug use. 30-90 days in the past. It takes approximately 5-10 days from the time of drug use for the hair containing drug to grow above the scalp where it can be collected.

How do you test for adulterating a sample?

Adulterants can be detected at the time of collection and during the laboratory analysis. Collectors are trained and certified to follow Department of Transportation guidelines and protocols enabling them to effectively identify samples that are tampered with, including evaluating temperature, unusual colour or odour, foreign substances, or tampering and substitution.

Can I get testing done afterhours?

Absolutely. Call our main # any time of day to be directed to our on-call technician who will make sure you have your testing completed as soon as you need. (844) 825 5030

My employee failed a drug/ Alcohol test… now what?

Your company Drug and Alcohol Policy will answer this question for you.
Typically, remove the employee from safety-sensitive duties and have the employee complete an assessment with a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP). If you need help navigating these situations, we are happy to assist.

What is an MRO?

A Medical Review Officer is a licensed physician and who is responsible for receiving and reviewing laboratory results generated by an employer’s drug testing program and evaluating medical explanations for certain drug test results.

What is a Breath Alcohol “Fail”?

Your company drug and alcohol policy will outline this.
Canadian Model Recommendation – 0.04
Department of Transportation Requirement (DOT) – 0.02

FAQ – For Employees

How long do drugs stay in the body?

Many factors play into this, including the amount consumed, the method of drug use, whether use is chronic or occasional, individual rates of metabolism and excretion, diet, the acidity of the urine, and the concentration of the urine at the time the specimen is collected. Because of these variables, the values presented below should be used as general guidelines only.

Amphetamines 1 – 2 days
Cocaine metabolites 2 – 4 days
Ethanol 2 – 14 hours
Marijuana metabolites Occasional use: 1 – 7 days
Chronic use: 1 – 4 weeks
Opiates 1 – 2 days
Phencyclidine (PCP) Occasional use: 1 – 8 days
Chronic use: up to 30 days

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

Government issued photo identification
Come normally hydrated if completing drug and alcohol testing
Do not eat, drink or put anything in your mouth for at least 15 minutes prior to a breath/ oral fluid test. This includes water, cigarette, gum etc.

How long is a Clean Card valid for?

It depends on the company you are working for. Every company has a different drug and alcohol policy so only they can answer this question.

What if I am currently taking a prescribed medication? Can this affect my drug test results?

Some medications can cause a “false positive” on a drug test. In this situation, your sample would be sent to the lab for confirmation testing. The sample would be reviewed by Medical Review Officer (MRO) who is a licensed physician and who is responsible for receiving and reviewing laboratory results and evaluating medical explanations for certain drug test results. You may be asked by the MRO to provide a copy of your prescribed medications as part of the evaluation. Only the MRO has authority to overturn a “false positive”.

If I inhale second-hand marijuana smoke, will I fail a drug test?

The cut-off levels of our drug tests (as set out by the DOT and Canadian Model) are such that second-hand smoke will not cause a person to test positive for marijuana.

Why do I have to empty my pockets before going into the secure washroom?

Before entering the washroom to provide a urine sample, all outer clothing (including hats) must be removed, pockets emptied and valuables placed in a locked box to ensure the integrity of the sample provided. Department of Transportation guidelines indicate this procedure must be followed for all urine specimen collections and we adhere to DOT guidelines.

Why can’t I flush the toilet or wash my hands in the secure washroom?

Department of Transportation guidelines state all washrooms used for urine specimen collection must be “secure”. This includes turning off all water supply, blue dye in the toilet bowl, various other integrity ensuring procedures and donors are not allowed to flush the toilet to ensure the integrity of the urine sample provided.

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JOB POSTING: Receptionist / CEO Assistant
By Jon Rokochy | February 21, 2019

Are you a naturally gifted communicator? Are you energetic and love working with people? Do you work well with little direction? Do others describe you as detail-oriented and flexible? Do you take responsibility for mistakes? If so, keep reading…..

Assure Occupational Testing is seeking a Receptionist / CEO Assistant.

If this is you, you will play a key role in managing front end operations and assisting the CEO with critical tasks.

We are Occupational Health Specialists whose mission is to deliver occupational health testing and training, with excellence and efficiency, ensuring workers are fit-for-duty and workplaces are safe. Wehelp our clients stay compliant with Alcohol & Drug Policies, Occupational Health and Safety Policies, hire qualified staff and grow their companies. We are dedicated to continually developing, expanding, and enhancing our services to meet the changing needs of our clients.

SKILLS/REQUIREMENTS
Gets things done!
Is a gifted communicator and leader
Manages people with honour and respect
Extremely organized and detail oriented
Proficient in MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Quickbooks, and all things computers.
Creation of documents and forms
Dependable, Reliable, Problem solver.
Able to work in a fast-paced environment and handle high stress situations
Dynamic, friendly and professional
Brilliant team player
Decisive, Assertive, Confident
Able to handle confrontation with poise, assertiveness and grace
Willing to lift boxes, clean floors, and hold doors if that’s what it takes to get something done
Is always learning, growing, and being stretched
Works hard but also like to have F.U.N. while getting things done!

RESPONSIBILITIES
Reception and data management, booking appointments, tracking results, registering clients
Maintains office services by organizing office operations and procedures; organizing staff schedule, controlling correspondence; designing filing systems; reviewing and approving supply requisitions.
Work closely with CEO assisting with special projectsCreating training/ teaching materials (handouts, booklets) through Word and Powerpoint.
Ensure the company protects and promotes its image in a proper, coordinated, and consistent manner.
Optimize communication system to enhance accuracy of communication.
Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
Stay up-to-date with drug and alcohol testing industry regulations and trends

POSITION DETAILS
Status: Full Time, Permanent
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00AM-4:30PM
Posting Date: Thursday, February 21, 2018
Closing Date: Friday, March 1, 2018

ASSURE OFFERS YOU
Competitive Wage

Wellness Incentive
A work environment where you are valued, respected and encouraged to have fun
Family focused culture

If the above Description sounds like you, we want your resume!

HOW TO APPLY
Submit your resume, with cover letter, to jon@assuretesting.com

We thank all for applying, but only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Please Note: A security clearance, with vulnerable sector completed, will be required for the successful applicant.