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The “FAST” act and how it is changing drug testing
Posted .March 18, 2016

     In early December 2015, President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, a law that funds improvements to the nation’s transportation infrastructure.  A portion of the act will make it legal to use hair follicle testing in lieu of urine analysis.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be authoring guidelines for hair follicle testing within one year of the Act’s enactment.

Infinity Insurance Partners sees this as an opportunity for owners to reduce overall cost of testing and improve reliability and safety within your organization.


Benefits of Hair Follicle Testing:


  • Cost: Urine test cost and time away from work to perform test. On average the cost for urinalysis is $55 plus 2 to 3 hours of payroll time.
  • Urine tests are easy to beat, thus not totally ensuring the safety of your driver and those around them.
  • Hair follicle testing is the most powerful deterrent to drug use because of the 90 day window of detection as opposed to 4-5 days with urinalysis. This means that your driver(s) will remain clean longer than with traditional testing.
  • Urinalysis tests frequently give false positives, which could ultimately cost you more in further testing and documentation.
  • Hair follicle testing is non-intrusive with 100% observed collecting, and a true chain of Custody with faster collection time.

Infinity Insurance Partners will train your company to conduct your own hair follicle collections which will ultimately save you money.  Our certified Risk Manager has over ten years of experience working with psychemedics and hair follicle testing meaning you are receiving the very best in experience. Infinity Insurance Partners will also give you 24 hour access to support for your drug testing program, in addition to free consulting to make your drug testing and fit-for-duty programs more effective.

More information can be found at our Risk Process Management Website