Essential Service Statement
Notice: We will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27, 2020 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Drug Free Business provides essential services and at this time, our office is open and ready to serve you. Our Medical Review Officers, Client Services, Random Selections staff, etc. are working remotely from home. Our in-house collection site in Bothell is open for urine drug test collections 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. M-F. On Monday 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. the collection site is closed for a short break. Please call ahead to confirm collection site hours: 425-488-9755.
Alcohol testing at our office has now resumed. We are updating our Collection Site Locator service daily as we receive information about changes. Many collection sites are now requiring donors to wear a mask/face covering such as a bandana, scarf, or handmade mask that covers the nose and mouth and a no-contact forehead temperature check upon entry.
This is per the CDC guidelines.
Drug Free Business is issuing the following statements regarding the continued operation of drug testing facilities during the COVID-19 crisis.
Drug testing is essential to public safety and business operations. Drug and alcohol testing is required by federal regulations for the transportation industry as described in 49 CFR Part 40 and drug, and alcohol testing must be completed per US Department of Transportation regulations for DOT agencies FMCSA, FAA, FTA, FRA, USCG and PHMSA.
Under the DOT’s Emergency Declaration Under 49 CFR § 390.23 No. 2020-002 (https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency/emergency-declaration-under-49-cfr-ss-39023-no-2020-002):.
Nothing contained in this Emergency Declaration shall be construed as an exemption from the controlled substances and alcohol use and testing requirements (49 CFR Part 382), the commercial driver’s license requirements (49 CFR Part 383), the financial responsibility (insurance) requirements (49 CFR Part 387), the hazardous material regulations (49 CFR Parts 100-180), applicable size and weight requirements, or any other portion of the regulations not specifically exempted under to 49 CFR § 390.23.
Drug Free Business is an official Service Agent to the transportation industry, providing drug and alcohol testing as required by federal regulations. Without participation in random drug and alcohol testing programs, regulated employers and their employees are not permitted to operate. In addition, non-regulated employers are required to provide safe workplaces. Many of these employers consider employee drug testing to be a tool essential to providing a safe workplace. Taking this valuable tool away would jeopardize employees as well as the general public. Employee drug testing is essential for all employers who employ safety-sensitive workers. Specimen collections for drug testing must be conducted in person, and cannot be conducted remotely. Drug Free Business provides essential services and at this time, our office is open and ready to serve you.
In order to protect our own employees, as well as those we test, all DFB staff are trained to interact with donors according to CDC recommendations. Hand sanitizer is available to all who enter, and available chairs in our waiting room are limited to three (3). No more than 3 people will be permitted inside at once. Additional donors will be asked to practice safe-distancing in the hallway or outside.
Clients who are required to perform testing under the Department of Transportation regulations should review the latest DOT advisory https://www.transportation.gov/odapc/compliance-with-dot-drug-and-alcohol-testing-regulations. This guidance document provides clarity to DOT-regulated employers, employees, and service agents on conducting DOT drug-and-alcohol testing given concerns about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).