Substance Testing and Abuse

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Statistics show substance abusers have three to four times the number of workplace accidents as non-abusers and are twice as likely to have absences of eight days or more. Benefits of drug and alcohol testing include:

  • Reduced health care expenditures/premiums
  • Improved productivity and work environment
  • Improved safety
  • Recognition as a corporate and civic leader

Offering a Comprehensive Range of Substance Testing and Abuse Services

  • 5-, 9- or 10-panel drug screen or employer-customized panel
  • Breath alcohol testing
  • Post-job offer, post-accident, random, return-to-work, and reasonable suspicion testing
  • Specimen collection and analysis
  • Medical Review Officer (MRO) Review
  • Team Member Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) Program
  • Team Member and supervisor training (2- or 4-hour session)

Our substance testing and abuse programs include:

  • Department of Transportation (DOT) Random Drug and Alcohol Program
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) Small Employer Consortium
  • Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Drug-Free Safety Program

Collection Locations

We have seven occupational medicine collection locations throughout Greater Cincinnati, plus after-hours locations for post-accident and reasonable suspicion testing only at our TriHealth emergency departments: Bethesda North Hospital , Good Samaritan Hospital, Good Samaritan Medical Center- Western Ridge, and Bethesda Arrow Springs. A Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) certified laboratory performs all drug screen analyses while a certified Breath Alcohol Technician performs breath alcohol testing. All regulated results are reviewed by a Medical Review Officer (MRO) and follow Federal MRO guidelines.

Substance Abuse Professionals

Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations require an evaluation by a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) before a team member can return to a safety-sensitive job when substance testing is positive for drugs and/or alcohol. The evaluation is required to determine the nature and extent of the person's alcohol and/or substance use and to assist them in obtaining treatment when necessary. Our CONCERN Team Member Assistance Program has eight staff SAP's and provides these services on a case-by-case, fee-for-service basis to a large number of companies including FAA, DOT, non-DOT, and DOD personnel.

Team Member Education and Supervisor Training

Training is held at your work site or at our quarterly seminars, and is conducted by trainers meeting Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS) and Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) qualifications. Sessions can be tailored to cover unique company policies and procedures, and should be conducted regularly to assist in successful program implementation and reduce team member challenges of the program.

Sample Policy
We recommend company policies be carefully reviewed and approved by the employer's legal counsel. View a sample Drug and Alcohol Policy Statement that can be modified to suit your company's needs.

Department of Transportation random drug and alcohol program

Bethesda Care and Good Samaritan Occupational Medicine provides random drug and alcohol testing at our locations or at your worksite. We also handle selection of team members for random drug and alcohol testing. Our programs and services are based on Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, comply with the Drug Free Workplace Act, and can be customized to your company's specifications.

Please contact the location most convenient to your worksite or contact Stephanie Rinehart, Random Testing Program Coordinator, at (513) 977-0040 for more information and the current fee schedule.

Small Employer Department of Transportation (DOT) Consortium

We offer a Small Employer DOT Consortium to assist companies with fewer than 25 team members to reduce administrative and operational costs. All services are delivered in accordance with 49 CFR Parts 40, 653, 654 and other applicable federal laws and regulations. We help you through:

  • Assistance with development and implementation of your drug and alcohol programs;
  • Development, implementation, and maintenance of random drug and alcohol testing selection program;
  • Distribution of quarterly laboratory statistical summaries;
  • Assistance of a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) as an optional service for employers wishing to provide services to their team members who test positive for drugs and/or alcohol;
  • Assurance of quality control procedures, including blind sample laboratory specimens for drug testing.

Please contact the location most convenient to your worksite or contact Stephanie Rinehart, Random Testing Program Coordinator, at (513) 977-0040 for more information and the current fee schedule.

BWC Drug-Free Safety Program

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Drug Free Safety Program (DFSP) is designed to help employers develop a substance-free environment for the protection and safety of their team members. We'll assist your company with any or all components as you implement a drug-free workplace program of your own. For additional information on the DFSP, visit www.bwc.state.oh.us.

Please contact the location most convenient to your worksite or contact Stephanie Rinehart Random Testing Program Coordinator, at (513) 977-0040 for more information and the current fee schedule.

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