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Government, Business, Safety

Federal Drug Official Defends Proposed Guidelines for Hair Testing

hair drug test Hair testing at a Psychemedics lab. (Psychemedics)

The chairman of a federal drug-testing advisory board that developed the controversial proposed mandatory guidelines for hair drug testing of truck drivers, other workers in safety-sensitive jobs and federal employees has responded to what he called “misconceptions” about the proposal by opponents.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 21, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

HHS Issues Proposed Hair Testing Guidelines

Hair Test A hair sample is tested at Quest Diagnostics. (DrugTestingTV via YouTube)

The Department of Health and Human Services on Sept. 8 announced its long-delayed proposed mandatory guidelines to allow employers to drug test truck drivers and other federal workers for pre-employment and random testing using hair specimens.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 8, 2020
Government, Business, Technology

ATA Meets With OMB to Discuss Hair Sample Testing Rule

hair drug test A hair sample is prepped for testing. (Psychmedics)

A new federal drug-testing law for truck drivers that has been held up at the White House for more than a year may finally be poised for advancement, according to an executive from American Trucking Associations who recently met with officials from the Office of Management and Budget.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 23, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Sen. Roger Wicker Addresses Impaired Driving, Hair Testing in New Bill

Hair Testing Technician preps hair for drug testing in Quest Diagnostics laboratory. (Quest Diagnostics)

Legislation seeking to improve drug testing for employees in safety-sensitive transportation posts was easily advanced by a U.S. Senate panel on Dec. 11.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
December 12, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Officials: ‘Unresolved Scientific Issues’ Responsible for Delay in Hair Drug-Testing Proposal

Hair test Hair testing at a Psychemedics lab. (Psychemedics)

A report sent to Congress earlier this summer said that the reason for a nearly three-year delay in developing a proposed hair drug-testing rule was caused by such “unresolved scientific issues” as hair color and potential external contamination of hair that could adversely affect drug test outcomes.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
October 2, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Overdue Guidelines for Hair-Sample Testing Crawl Toward Next Step

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ROCKVILLE, Md. — A draft of proposed mandatory federal guidelines for drug testing using hair samples continues to slowly wind its way through the federal bureaucracy, still months — or perhaps longer — away from being released for public comment.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
December 4, 2018
Government, Business

Hair Testing Provisions Enacted as Part of Opioid Measure

A technician tests hair for drugs A technician tests hair for drugs. (Quest Diagnostics)

President Donald Trump on Oct. 24 signed into law legislation aimed at tackling opioid abuse.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 25, 2018
Government, Business

Senate Passes Bill Requiring HHS to Explain Delays in Hair-Testing Guidelines

Testing of hair Psychmedics

The Senate has passed legislation with a provision that would require the Department of Health and Human Services to provide an explanation for a 21-month delay in issuing mandatory federal hair testing guidelines for safety-sensitive transportation employees such as truck drivers.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 18, 2018
Government, Business

DOT to Add Four Opioids for Transportation Worker Drug Testing

DOT will test drivers for four additional opiods Tolga TEZCAN/Getty Images

The U.S. Department of Transportation plans on Jan. 1 to begin testing truck drivers and other “safety-sensitive” transportation employees for the semi-synthetic opioids hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone and oxycodone, the agency announced Nov. 9.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
November 9, 2017
Government, Business, Safety

ATA Critical of Organized Labor's Claims About Hair Testing for Drug Use

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In a letter to congressional transportation leaders, American Trucking Associations President Bill Graves said critical claims made by organized labor groups about the use of hair specimens for drug testing of commercial drivers are based on “false notions and outdated science.”

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
August 25, 2015

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