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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.

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 | 2017-05-25T14:48:01+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Alcohol, Blog, Drugs|0 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 | 2017-05-24T05:58:43+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Alcohol, Drugs|0 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 | 2017-05-24T05:58:43+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 | 2017-05-24T05:58:44+00:00 March 16th, 2017|Drugs|0 Comments

Vitamin B12 Shots Might Make You Feel Better

Low energy, confusion, sleep problems, memory problems, irritability and mood swings.  If you have any of these (Many of us do), you may be deficient in Vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is not like other vitamins and many of us benefit from supplementation. In fact, a Tufts University study suggests 40 percent [...]

By | 2017-05-24T05:58:44+00:00 August 22nd, 2016|Blog, Health & Wellness|1 Comment

4 Frequently Asked Questions About Your Drug Policy

Q. Do I have to allow medical or recreational use of marijuana since it is legal in my state? A. The short answer is no. So far. Up to this point, every time an employee has challenged a company’s drug policy, the company has prevailed.  The operational word, though, is “policy.” If your company has [...]

By | 2017-05-24T05:58:52+00:00 May 6th, 2016|Blog, Drugs|0 Comments

What You Probably Don’t Know About Opioids in the Workplace

"Drug overdoses, predominately from opioids, now exceed car crashes as the leading cause of unintentional death."  --National Safety Council In its publication “The proactive role employers can take: OPIOIDS IN THE WORKPLACE,” The National Safety Council describes, “a disturbing trend [which] has been emerging in the workplace, and it is driven by the use and [...]

By | 2017-05-24T05:58:52+00:00 May 3rd, 2016|Blog, Drugs|0 Comments

5 Sound Ways to Reduce Workers’ Comp Claims and Costs, and Improve Safety

One out of three owners of small businesses say that workers’ comp costs are challenging their bottom line. Many states offer a mandated workers comp discount for drug-free workplace programs. That alone illustrates their effectiveness. 1) Promote a safety culture — persistently Constant messaging about safety helps promote a safety culture. When you interview new [...]

By | 2017-05-24T05:58:52+00:00 April 29th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments