A proposal to allow hair samples for drug testing in a federal database drew a range of responses from executives and drivers alike.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration asked for public comment in August on whether results from hair tests should be incorporated into the agency’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse and shared with other companies. Hair testing in federal programs is currently not approved, and the health department is still reviewing a proposal from September 2020, according to FMCSA and health officials.
Carriers have been allowed to use hair samples to screen potential hires for drugs, and companies say hair tests keep the roads safer because those tests detect drugs much more frequently than urine tests do. Opponents, though, have raised numerous objections, such as the additional costs for smaller carriers and research suggesting drug results can differ based on physical factors, leading to potential discrimination.
FMCSA has maintained that HHS must first make a determination whether federal programs could allow hair samples in federal drug testing programs. To highlight both sides’ concerns, Transport Dive rounded up some recent remarks to showcase where stakeholders stand on the issue.