Use of hair drug testing over urinalysis a step closer to implementation

Use of hair drug testing over urinalysis a step closer to implementation

Pre-employment hair testing for drugs instead of using traditional urinalysis took a step closer by the presidential signing of new Congressional legislation. Hair testing is thought to be more accurate and shows drug usage for a longer period. While motor carriers can mandate hair testing now, they must also pay for the required urine test. The new bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to report to Congress within 60 days its timeline for developing testing guidelines and benchmarks for completing this task. The agency is now over two years behind on an earlier deadline.

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