(J.B. Hunt’s drug screening program clips a hair sample for them, the testing company is Arkansas Occupational Health Clinic, Brittany Jordan is the tester).
A whopping 3200 drivers wishing to drive for JB Hunt were told “no way” because drugs were found in their system when their hair was tested. 1700 of these trucking applicants for J.B. Hunt had cocaine in their system, since may of 2006.
Our federal government has on the books regulations that say urinalysis is the one and only universally recognized and accepted way of drug testing for trucking companies.
Transportation companies can add their own pre-employment screening with tougher testing, for example from the hair, but are forbidden to release these finding to anyone but their human resources people.
Most of these drivers that were not hired by J.B. Hunt are, working for other trucking companies and driving a big rig because the vast majority of trucking firms do not do hair follicle tests.
With a urine test, drivers that take drugs can be off drugs for as little as 24 hours, (depending on what drugs they take) and then pass the drug test.
Hair testings success rate in identifying those lifestyle users is what makes that method superior, proponents say.
Follicle samples — usually collected by cutting or shaving an inch-and-a-half of hair — can detect drug use as far back as 90 days. Current methods of testing accepted by the DOT go back only about 48 hours. Quote from: Arkansas Business
The Trucking Alliance and the Arkansas Trucking Association both of which are advocacy groups (North Little Rock’s Maverick and J.B. Hunt are members) are determined to make either legislative changes or regulatory ones to the rules set forth by the Department of Transportation (D.O.T.).
These regulations are based upon the guide lines imposed by the Health & Human Services, trucking company advocates want to change the current legislation which would allow transportation companies their own choice of which testing options they could give.
Besides that to allow them to report any positive drug tests from truckers to trucking companies and others in the trucking industry.
Look for legislation some time this year in both houses of Congress that will make hair follicle analysis a standard for trucking companies. The president of the Arkansas Trucking Association, has claimed that co-sponsors are currently being recruited for legislation that will make these changes possible.
The first big transportation company to use hair follicle testing 7 years ago was J.B. Hunt. Since then other trucking companies have implemented hair testing.
Their are extra costs, and these trucking businesses can not share their finding has not stopped these companies from using this drug testing methods for truck driver applicants.
I really don’t care myself if they hair test or not, my last joint I smoked was back in the 1980s, crap, I shouldn’t have wrote that, I might run for president some day!