This article is about starting a mobile drug test collection business. This is a work from home business and does not involve a brick and mortar facility.
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Getting started in a new business is exciting but challenging. It takes time and requires hard work. Creating a mobile drug testing collection business is much more than simply getting trained and qualified as a Department of Transportation (DOT) urine specimen collector.
In addition to collecting urine, you may be asked to collect specimens for hair testing, oral fluid (saliva) testing, and possibly even fingernail testing. In addition to collecting specimens for drug testing, you will need to conduct alcohol testing using an evidential breath testing (EBT) device, often called a breathalyzer. Using an EBT device requires training and qualification to operate and maintain the specific EBT device you will be using. The breathalyzer is a necessity for a mobile testing business. If you don’t have an EBT device when alcohol testing is needed, the customer will call someone else.
In your collection business, you will also need to develop relationships with laboratories and a medical review officer (MRO) to provide drug testing services to customers who don’t have their own laboratory account for drug testing. You should set up lab accounts for both DOT and non-DOT testing for urine specimens, hair specimens, and oral fluid specimens.
The most profitable part of a mobile drug testing collection business is the emergency on-site or after-hours testing when an employer has reasonable suspicion or needs post-accident testing. You or your staff must be available 24-7 to provide services. If you are willing to go collect urine at three o’clock in the morning, you can charge a fee. This fee typically averages from $350 to $500, depending on how far you need to drive and how long it takes to complete the collection and breath alcohol test. Typically, you charge an hourly fee with a two-hour minimum.
Knowledge is power in this industry. You must be knowledgeable about DOT regulations, understand the state laws for drug testing in the state(s) where you operate, and follow best practices for effective drug testing programs. This requires continuous learning about the industry and changing regulations. Although you are only collecting specimens, you will get asked many questions, and your customers will rely on you for answers.
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