I’m There: Brian Giammarco

by Pablo Bolanos on December 11, 2017

Twenty years at Quest Diagnostics in the City of Brotherly Love have given Brian Giammarco, Field Sales Executive, a unique perspective on teamwork. Brian believes in empowerment birthed from belonging. He sees his team as a unit, a family, a collective group of people working together with a similar mindset to help our clients succeed.

In this month’s edition of our “I’m There” series, Brian describes what we’re there when you need us means to him. Read the full story.

Employer Solutions shares a commitment to being there when our clients and colleagues need us – at every possible opportunity. Through unique stories from our team, you’ll get a more personal perspective of what that commitment means to each of them. To learn more about this series, read our introductory post.

For more information about Employer Solutions, visit our website or contact us online.

Ask the Experts: What is POCT?

by Nicole Jupe on December 8, 2017

POCT is a common acronym in our industry that stands for point of collection test — an instant or rapid drug or alcohol test. A POCT  collection begins with a test administrator uses a portable device to screen urine or oral fluid and the device typically yields a result within minutes. This POCT snapshot be enough reflect a final test result for an employer. An instant test can be performed on-site at a place of business or in the field. However, some employers prefer that the test is collected and interpreted by a trained drug testing technician or collector at a brick and mortar collection site.

Best practices require that if an instant test specimen screens non-negative, it is sent to the laboratory for confirmatory testing. The lab will re-test the specimen to determine if drugs or alcohol are present and report a final result.

Employers tend to choose instant testing when the fast turnaround time of drug test results is a key requirement for their program. Although convenience and time are important variables of your program, it’s critical to consider all of the criteria and complexities before making a choice on a testing method. Factors to evaluate may include:

  • Overall objectives of your substance abuse program
  • State laws where your company conducts business
  • Added responsibility of collecting and interpreting test results
  • Drug panel configurations
  • Cutoff levels and device sensitivity
  • Susceptibility to donor adulteration or cheating
  • Value of an accurate drug test

At Quest Diagnostics, our drug testing methodology is sound. Laboratory certifications are in place to ensure that our processes, instrumentation, results, and personnel adhere to the highest standards of quality. Therefore, it is not a matter of choosing the single best drug and alcohol testing method, but rather selecting a method or combination of methods that best fits your company’s needs. In the end, accurately and reliably screening job applicants and employees to deter workplace alcohol and drug use remains paramount.

Weigh the pros and cons of instant drug and alcohol testing.

To learn more about drug testing, visit our website or contact us online.

Drug testing around the world

December 6, 2017Drug Testing

A workplace drug testing program helps companies screen and hire the best, most talented, drug-free individual for the job. A program also supports efforts to maintain a safe, healthy, and productive environment for all employees. This priority should not change if your organization has employees who work overseas. In the U.S., drug testing at the federal […]

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Rising methamphetamine use in the U.S. workforce

November 30, 2017By the Numbers

Methamphetamine, sometimes called meth, crystal, crank, or ice, is a highly addictive stimulant. It emerged in the 1930s as a treatment for narcolepsy and depression and was also taken by German and Japanese soldiers in World War II to stay alert during battle, according to a DATIA focus article by Dr. Rodi Predescu, Quest Diagnostics. […]

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Staying compliant with new DOT regulations

November 29, 2017News

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) amended its drug testing program regulations for all DOT employees effective January 1, 2018. This harmonizes DOT regulations with guidelines established by U.S. Health & Human Services (HHS) for federal drug testing programs. The most notable change with this new regulation is the addition of four […]

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Webinar: The Life of a Drug Test

November 28, 2017Blog Series

From the perspective of an employer, the drug testing process is an in-and-out experience. A potential new hire or current employee provides a sample at one of our collection sites. Days later—after the sample is sent to the laboratory for testing—a final result is ready. At which point the employee returns to work or, a […]

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Inside Quest Diagnostics: A look at Quest Diagnostics Health & Wellness

November 16, 2017News

While conducting your day-to-day interactions with Employer Solutions, you may have heard about other areas of Quest. Today we’d like to highlight another group that provides valuable services to employers, Quest Diagnostics Health & Wellness. The Health & Wellness division of Quest is the nation’s leading provider of biometric wellness screenings, flu shots, and related preventive […]

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Drug Testing Do’s and Don’ts

November 14, 2017Collections

Its 6:00 a.m. and the sound of your alarm fills the calm morning air. You’re certain that wonderful wake up sound is a bit early and hit snooze to catch a bit more rest. You finally wake up and when you do, you’re immediately hopeful, because today could mark the beginning of a new chapter. […]

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I’m There: Jonni Salamone

November 13, 2017We're There

A team that doesn’t march to the same rhythm will not deliver consistent customer experiences. Jonni Salamone, Director of National Clinical Testing Services, champions the need for individualism, unique work styles, confidence, and above all, team unity. Her leadership inspires her team members to perform beyond the expectations of our clients. In this month’s edition […]

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Clarifying the changes in federal workplace drug testing & documentation

November 10, 2017Drug Testing

Earlier this year, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revised the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs. The HHS guideline revisions will lead to the following changes: Expanded Federal urine workplace drug testing to include four Schedule II drugs: hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone, and oxymorphone Removed MDEA for confirmatory testing Raised the […]

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