Companies That Hair Test

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Mickey C.'s Comment
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This will sound bad... But, the situation: Broke a tooth in half, exposing cavity and nerves, took several over the counter meds that wasn't working. And, had a dentist appt scheduled. But, was given a couple pain meds, that a dentist probably wouldn't prescribe for that, hydro or oxy, don't remember I don't keep up with pills. Anyways, getting prehired with a company that does hair, pain meds 1 of the top 5, to be tested?

Prehire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Welcome aboard Mickey!

At this point you almost have to assume that all major companies are hair testing. We did a thread a while ago to see who was doing hair and who was only doing pee test and the overwhelming majority of major companies are doing both.

There wasn't a solid consensus on how long you have to stay clean to pass a hair test but the best we could figure was about 90 days if you have short hair. Now they're going to take it from anywhere they can get a hair that's about 1 1/2 inches long. If it's not on your head they'll find one somewhere. If they can't then you can't take the test. I don't know if they "fail" you for not being able to test, but you won't pass either way.

As far as what they test for - pretty much everything. Almost any prescription meds will show up along with the usual suspects for illegal drugs. But certainly any type of strong painkillers, muscle relaxers, or nerve pills are going to show up.

So the best we can figure is cut the hair on top of your head short and stay clean for 90 days. Let it grow back to at least 1 1/2 inches for the test and make sure none of the hair left on your head is more than 90 days old. That should get you through but as always there are no guarantees.

If anyone has anything at all helpful to add to this please do. There are a lot of people that aren't "druggies" but have taken someone else's prescriptions for one reason or another and need to know what it takes to clean up and pass the tests properly. The information I've just given is the best I could come up with based upon the contributions of numerous people in recent months during similar conversations.

Here's the link to the big conversation we had about it:

Drug Testing: Urinalysis or Hair Follicle?

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

DoubleCutter's Comment
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"Almost any prescription meds will show up "

Brett, I don't think this is correct for the hair tests that the trucking companies do. If your prescription is in one of the five classes of drugs that are mandated to be checked by DOT , then yes it will show up. But, for instance, if you were taking acne meds, those wouldn't show on the analysis that the trucking companies pay for. For them to screen hair for every possible drug would be cost probibitive.

At least this is my understanding of it. If I' m wrong please correct me.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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No you're right. I wasn't thinking about stuff like that. I was thinking more along the lines of pain killers, muscle relaxers, and the "recreational types" that people might use. But you're right, a lot of stuff wouldn't show up. They're mostly going to be looking for anything that would affect your judgment or alertness.

Aces-N-eights (Dale)'s Comment
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I can speak first hand that Celadon does not do a hair test.

Paul H.'s Comment
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From the DOT website:

§ 40.85 What drugs do laboratories test for? As a laboratory, you must test for the following five drugs or classes of drugs in a DOT drug test. You must not test “DOT specimens” for any other drugs. (a) Marijuana metabolites. (b) Cocaine metabolites. (c) Amphetamines. (d) Opiate metabolites. (e) Phencyclidine (PCP).

Also, I can tell you that Prime only does a urine test, not hair.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Starcar's Comment
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If you get a letter from the doctor that prescribed the meds..showing the date you were prescribed, and what for, you should be just fine. If you got them from a friend....well, then you may have a problem. Companies understand that medical issues happen...and they understand that people tkae pain meds for a temporary issue.....You just have to document.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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