Thursday, August 30, 2007

Georgia Also Extolls Benefits of On-site Oral Fluid / Saliva Drug Screening

Saliva drug testing bill signed by Gov. Perdue

Gov. Sonny Perdue recently signed Senate Bill 96 into law, which provides the option for companies throughout Georgia to drug test employees using an on-site rapid result saliva test.
Within 5-10 minutes, at the job site, an employer screen for drugs.

If the result is negative....employee goes back to work. Any non-negative (preliminary positive ) results are sent to a lab for a GC/MS or LC/MS/MS quantitative analytical testing prior to any adverse action against an applicant or employee.

The bill overwhelmingly passed the state Senate and House of Representatives. “This legislation had the strong support of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and many other advocates of safe and drug-free workplaces that protect not only business owners, but employees and consumers as well,” Senator Golden.

Companies using on-site oral fluid / saliva screens will now receive a 7.5 percent reduction in their worker’s compensation insurance premiums.

Oral fluid drug screening offers unique advantages to employers and employees.
Specimen collection is easily observed reducing the likelihood of adulteration or dilution of specimens. The use of saliva eliminates the problem of “shy bladder syndrome” that occurs when a donor can’t provide or intentionally avoids providing a urine specimen.

Collections can be performed at remote work sites, particularly those in the construction or utility industries, as bathrooms and other specialized facilities are not required.

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