Drug and Alcohol Testing
Employee drug screenings, also known as substance abuse and monitoring services, are an important
part of workplace safety. Employees who are impaired by drugs or alcohol can be a danger to
themselves and others, and are a liability for your organization. Pre-employment and random drug
testing helps reduce the risk of worksite substance abuse. In addition to the drug screenings outlined
below, Five Star can help conduct a Reasonable Suspicion Training program and Drug and Alcohol Consortium.
5 Panel and 12 Panel instant Drug Screen
Five Star Occ Med provides 5 Panel and 12 Panel instant drug testing performed using a urine sample.
All testing is overseen by our Medical Review Officer and performed at our in-house laboratories. No
5 panel drug screening tests for the following:
12 panel drug screening tests for the following:
In addition to instant drug testing, Five Star Occ Med is capable of writing a drug and alcohol policy and
create a drug screening program custom tailored for your organization.
A breath alcohol test is used to determine how much alcohol is in the blood by measuring the amount of
alcohol exhaled. This test can be used for random testing, reasonable suspicion and post- accident
testing. At Five Star, all staff members are trained breath alcohol technicians (BAT), results are ready the same day the test is performed, confirmation testing is done on all positive results and your designated representative is contacted following each positive test.
All of the breath alcohol equipment used at Five Star is listed on the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration’s (NHTSA) conforming product list for Evidential Devices, which are the only devices
certified for conducting an alcohol confirmation test under 49 CFR part 40. Each test is carefully
reviewed by our Medical Review Officer for quality assurance.
DOT/Non-DOT Drug Screen
From 5 and 12 panel drug screens to alcohol breathalyzers, Five Star Occ Med makes the daunting,
laborious process of drug screening simple and easy for you and your employees. In addition to
providing pre-employment testing, we can help maintain a drug and alcohol consortium that provides
randomized drug testing to ensure your employees remain drug-free. All drug screening results are
reviewed by our own Medical Review Officer which eliminates the time spent sending results to an
Hair testing is able to detect a pattern of repetitive drug use for up to 90 days, unlike urine drug testing
which may only detect drug use within the past two or three days. A hair test is the most effective way
to evaluate long-term patterns of use, making it an excellent option for a pre-employment testing
During a hair collection, the collector cuts approximately 100-120 strands of hair from the crown of the
employee’s head and secures the sample in foil. After the chain-of- custody documentation is completed,
the hair is sent to a lab for testing. Since hair samples are obtained under direct supervision of the
collector, the sample adulteration or specimen substitution is minimized. If an employee does not have
enough scalp hair, body hair can also be utilized.
A pre-employment drug test usually takes place after a conditional job offer, and is performed to help
prevent the hiring of an individual who may have an issue with substance abuse. Substance abuse within
the workplace leads to safety issues and decreased productivity.
DOT post-accident testing is performed in accordance with CFR 49 part 38.303. All Non-DOT testing will also follow CFR 49 part 38.303, unless your company policy states differently. All testing should be
performed as soon as possible following an accident. A breath alcohol test should be performed within
two hours of the accident, but no longer than eight hours after the accident has occurred to ensure
All drug testing should be performed within 32 hours and it is recommended that employees do not
return to work until all results have been obtained.
Random Drug Screening
A random drug and alcohol testing program helps to provide a deterrent to substance abuse in the
workplace. Random testing is performed by placing identifying information in a testing pool, also known as a consortium. From this, a selection is then computer generated to be tested for substance abuse. All participants have an equal chance to be selected and tested during each selection period. This testing should be discreetly announced to the employee who should report to the testing facility immediately following notification.