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Urine Drug Screening and Collection

Urine drug screen collection or testing is often required by employers as a part of employment (pre-employment, post-accident testing, or reasonable suspicion protocol.) Many Urgent Care facilities act as collection facilities for urine drug screen collections. Some even perform rapid point of care urine drug screens for certain types of businesses or collection needs.

A typical urine drug screen collection involves the collection by a train specimen collector who follows guidelines that dictate the amount, temperature and conditions under which the urine must be collected, handled, transported, sealed and documented. These guidelines are especially important when dealing with any employee whose job/position falls under the Department of Transportation (DOT)- such as a truck driver, bus driver, or those involved with the railroad, airlines or similar industries.

Collection procedures include verification of the test subject, securing the testing facilities to avoid any potential tampering of the urine specimen, assuring the specimen meets minimum amounts for testing, testing temperature, assuring specimen security, and management of the entire process from beginning to end. While not as rigid for non-DOT employees, collection and testing should always be maintained at the highest standards.

What to Expect

  • You will need to provide identification.

  • You’ll need to leave your purse, briefcase, or other belongings in another room or secured place while you take the test. You’ll also need to empty your pockets.

  • In rare cases, a same-gendered nurse or technician will accompany you into the bathroom to make sure you follow all testing procedures. They should explain the reason for this type of supervised testing.

  • Urinate into the cup. You need to produce at least 45 milliliters for the sample.

  • When you finish urinating, DO NOT FLUSH and bring the specimen container to the technician.

  • The temperature of your sample will be measured to ensure that it’s in the expected range.

  • Both you and the collector must keep visual contact with the urine specimen at all times until it’s been sealed and packaged for testing.

  • If you cannot provide an adequate amount of sample, you will be given water to drink until such time as you can provide the minimum amount of urine.

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