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UPDATE REGARDING TESTING DELAYS

The Nation is currently experiencing a staffing shortage that is impacting most industries including all aspects of federal and workplace drug testing. The staffing demand, in combination with a supplies shortage,  the Federal requirement for the use of the new chain-of-custody form for DOT testing, and logistical hurdles transporting specimens to labs have caused an extreme backlog at every major laboratory.

 LABORATORY IMPACT

 Testing

The national staffing shortage has impacted turnaround times at each step in the testing process, from the point the specimen is received at the lab to reporting out a final result. Current times for accessioning specimens can vary anywhere from 3-6 days. Laboratories are making adjustments every day to manage the ever-changing environment such as shifting employees to different departments as needed, adding second shifts, adding equipment, and over-hiring to accommodate staffing challenges. it is important to keep in mind that these issues are impacting all laboratories industry-wide.

 Supplies

Effective August 30, 2021 the new federal CCF became required for DOT testing, resulting in large numbers of orders for new forms. Severe 2021 winter weather in petroleum-producing areas has also caused plastic shortages. These issues have reduced the availability of cups and forms, in addition to creating delays and partial fulfillment of orders.

 IN SUMMARY

 With this communication it is our hope to set realistic expectations regarding current turnaround times. We are hopeful that as more people return to the workforce, the staffing and supply chain issues plaguing our industry will be alleviated. Additionally, as the new Federal CCF circulates, the issues with the old forms should also cause less of an impact. Our laboratory partners believe they are on solid footing in implementing long-term solutions to address turnaround time delays. With all of this in mind, we ask for your patience in weathering this “perfect storm” together.

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), esa's office will be closed   esa staff will be working from home during this time and will process all requests as usual. If you call our mainline please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible. You also can email us at esa@emplscreen.com and please send any faxes to: 

***NEW FAX NUMBER*** 833-363-3669. 

ESA is expecting closures of courts, businesses and schools due to the Coronavirus. We will keep you informed of closures via this website as we are notified. Please expect delays in the completion of the background reports, due to closures beyond our control. We are exploring alternative options, for the short-term, and will  post them, if qualified.

Please contact us if you have any further questions.

Effective immediately - You can now upload the Applicant Release Form to every report entered for processing. No more faxing or scan-copying the authorization forms necessary for data retrieval! Simply upload a Pdf copy of the authorization form right before you order the report, and the forms will be attached to all necessary components. Please let us know if you have any questions - We will be happy to walk you through your first trial run!

Thank you and please let us know if you have any questions.

Screening Services for PGA of America

Employment Screening Associates

800.706.8848
esa@emplscreen.com
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