About Tim

Tim Thoelecke is a certified Breath Alcohol Technician Trainer and a DATIA Certified Professional Collector Trainer, trained in drug and alcohol testing for DOT and non-DOT businesses. He founded InOut Labs, www.InOutLabs.com, a Chicago-based business that tests employees all over the U.S. to help with the challenges businesses face particularly related to safety and productivity.

Article on “Addiction in the Workplace” published on Irrigation & Green Industry Network

With workplace addiction at an all-time high, many landscape contractors are choosing more proactive steps to ensure that their workforce is safe, healthy and productive. When it comes to substance abuse in the workplace, unfortunately, an accident is often the first clue that a problem exists. And, more often than not, the injured party is [...]

By | 2017-11-10T14:19:03+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Alcohol, Drugs, Press|0 Comments

What is National Drug Free Work Week?

Celebrated the third week of October (October 16-21, 2017), it is one of 52 weeks of the year when workplaces should be drug-free! According to the National Drug Free Workplace Alliance: National Drug-Free Work Week was initiated by the U.S. Department of Labor as a cooperative agreement focused on improving safety and health in the [...]

By | 2017-10-24T09:09:29+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Drugs|0 Comments

Addiction in the Workplace is at an All-Time High

With workplace addiction at an all-time high, many businesses are choosing more proactive steps to ensure that their workforce is healthy and productive. Unfortunately, an accident is often the first clue that a problem exists. American businesses lose 81 billion dollars per year due to drug use – most of which is incurred before the [...]

By | 2017-08-10T19:26:09+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Alcohol, Blog, Drugs|0 Comments

Zero Tolerance for a Failed Drug Test?

The question of a Zero Tolerance Policy versus a Second Chance Agreement (also called a “Last Chance Agreement”) is a very important consideration when creating your drug-free workplace policy. When someone has a positive drug test you can certainly terminate and move on. Plenty of businesses institute a Zero Tolerance rule. Ideally it would screen [...]

By | 2017-08-10T10:09:11+00:00 July 27th, 2017|Drugs|0 Comments

How long are drugs detectable in a drug test?

We get this question a lot. From parents, donors, employers and even from panicked potential employees on our after hours line. The answer? “It depends.” It depends on the drug, the drug test method, the user’s body and frequency of use. It also depends on something called a “cut-off level.” The urine drug test is [...]

By | 2017-10-22T23:49:34+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Drugs|0 Comments

Do You Really Need a Medical Review Officer (MRO)?

Yes. A BIG FAT yes. Some companies mistakenly think that getting drug test results directly from a lab or from an in-house-administered instant test is good enough. And after reading this, they may still consider it worth the risk. But make no mistake. There are risks. Ultimately, you are responsible for ensuring a fair, reliable [...]

By | 2017-10-07T18:32:21+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Alcohol, Blog, Drugs|5 Comments

The Pros & Cons of Marijuana Testing

                When Gallup began tracking the average American’s opinion on legalized marijuana almost 50 years ago most people would never have guessed that by 2016 it would have reached a support level of 60%! For the first time in US history, individual states have begun to receive [...]

By | 2017-05-24T05:58:43+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Drugs|0 Comments

What if that new hire failed a drug or alcohol test at the last job?

If it’s a truck driver, it’s your responsibility to find out. Many employers make an offer of employment contingent upon the results of a criminal background check and drug test. If the candidates pass, they’re hired. Employers regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation, however, have another important requirement. First, you must ask the new [...]

By | 2017-09-18T00:25:42+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Alcohol, Drugs|11 Comments

Ladies and Gentlemen: The Hormone Test You Need Is Not What You Think

Estrogen is to women like dark chocolate and romantic comedies. And testosterone is practically synonymous with muscle, energy and ... sex. But women and men need both hormones to maintain good health, vitality and balance. Women need testosterone to regulate muscle loss, increase energy and strength, and to maintain sex drive. Men need estrogen for [...]

By | 2017-06-01T10:27:00+00:00 April 26th, 2017|Health & Wellness|0 Comments

Policies can counter safety hazards from prescription misuse

A survey done by National Safety Council found that 70% of workplaces have been impacted by employee misuse of prescription drugs. Link to the survey here. Quote: Tim Thoelecke Jr., president of Morton Grove, Illinois-based InOut Labs, which provides employee drug testing services nationwide, said the cost to test for such drugs isn’t prohibitive. He believes companies likely [...]

By | 2017-07-03T22:29:54+00:00 March 16th, 2017|Drugs|0 Comments