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Urine Drug Screening
Our urine drug test services give you accurate results that you can rely on. Because a urine drug test done in the laboratory is more accurate than other types of urine testing, we recommend laboratory-based urine drug testing as the most reliable solution if you can wait for the urine drug test result.
Our laboratory-based urine tests give you the most legally defensible type of results, recognized by Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA) Canadian Model and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) as the leading practice within the testing industry.
We offer two types of urine drug tests:
7-panel and extended panel testing up to 12 panel. Panel means 1 drug so a 7 panel would be 7 drugs being tested for and a 12 panel would be 12 drugs being tested for.
Express testing/point-of-collection testing (POCT)
laboratory testing, and laboratory confirmation
Why Choose Lakeland Health Care's Drug & Alcohol testing services?
Adherence to gold-standard testing standards and policy frameworks to ensure your testing program is legally defensible, in both union and non-union work settings
Highly trained and fully certified technicians equipped to treat your people with respect and get their tests done quickly so they can get to work
We appropriately handle sensitive situations and our systems and processes are designed to properly manage confidential and sensitive information
(BAC) Alcohol testing
Alcohol testing is best done using a breath alcohol test that determines the concentration of alcohol in a breath sample. Breath alcohol testing generates legally defensible results to ensure that both employer and employee rights are protected.
Our alcohol testing technicians are highly trained and experienced, and certified in the breathalyzer equipment they use. They understand the importance of getting an accurate result every time, and ensure that proper procedures are followed for each and every breath alcohol test.
Lakeland Health Care offers both alcohol screening tests and breath alcohol confirmation tests.
Alcohol Screening Test
Alcohol screening tests are used to determine whether a person is above the 0.020 screening cut-off level for alcohol. Testing can be performed with an alcohol breath-testing device or a saliva alcohol screening kit.
Alcohol Confirmation Test
If a screening result indicates an alcohol level above 0.020, a breath alcohol confirmation test is performed. We use evidentiary breath-testing devices for these important confirmation tests to ensure legally defensible results. The confirmation cut-off level for alcohol testing is 0.040.
Hearing/ Audiometric Testing
Did you know that noise-induced hearing loss is now the leading non-fatal occupational disease claim?
Preventing hearing loss through early identification by an audiogram or hearing test is a must to meet legislative requirements but it also has other big benefits such as assessing the effectiveness of your noise exposure management system and identifying individuals with hearing limitations, which can lead to serious incidents.
Our turnkey hearing testing/audiogram service makes it easy to comply with legislation and enhance safety in your workplace. If you’re operating in multiple provinces, we’ll ensure that your program meets the strictest provincial requirement so you’ll remain in compliance when transferring people. As always, confidentiality is assured and we maintain the medical records for the required length of time.
Audiogram with Physician Review
Audiometric testing assesses a person’s ability to hear tones at various frequencies and decibels (loudness). It helps to determine the effectiveness of hearing protection and the degree of hearing loss related to exposure to noise and non-occupational illness.
Our audiogram tests include documenting a comprehensive noise exposure history and determining current hearing status by checking for recent loud noise exposure and physically examining the ear. A technician then conducts testing at six frequencies at various decibel levels. A trusted physician will review the history and clinical information to determine testing status and provide intervention when needed. Finally, your authorized representative receives a secure and confidential report of results.
Audiogram Testing of the Highest Calibre
OHS-qualified technicians trained by an agency acceptable to the province in which testing is performed (where required)
Tests designed to meet or exceed provincial requirements
Record retention in accordance with OHS requirements.
The physical exam is the foundation of establishing medical clearance to work in all safety sensitive roles. Customizable to meet your needs , these services have been designed to protect employer and employee rights, ensuring that employees don’t unfairly lose employment and that employers can defend decisions when required. Our evaluations also mitigate the risks health conditions can pose, both immediate and long-term.
Medical Fitness Evaluations
These exams help organizations operating in safety-sensitive industries to promote safety by managing employee health risks. They also improve overall health and wellness in the workplace by assessing whether people are medically fit for the job they are performing. In some industries, such as construction, transportation, and aviation, medical fitness testing is required because employee health conditions could endanger the public.
Our comprehensive medical exam includes a full medical history and head-to-toe physical assessment. All medical exams are performed only by qualified individuals, and results are reviewed by a physician team, assuring quality and consistency. The physician determines fitness for duty, recommends additional assessments when they are needed, and advises on follow-up interventions if required. Over our 15 years of history in providing such medical evaluations, we have identified serious undiagnosed medical conditions, including diabetes, heart conditions, and cancer.
Get the best in medical fitness evaluations:
Easy to combine with drug and alcohol testing
Based on internationally accepted standards
Confidential and defensible
Supported by medical expertise when needed
Mask fit testing assesses the degree of protection or seal of a given mask size according to the acceptable standards set out by the manufacturer. The mask fit test ensures the personal protective equipment often mandated by legislative requirements fits well enough to do its job and protect the worker from hazardous exposure.
The mask fit test consists of measuring the seal of the mask during various breathing rates, head positions, and body positions as well as during speech. Your authorized representative will receive a secure and confidential report of all mask fit testing results. To ensure results are reliable, we check our equipment daily and hold our technicians to the highest standards.
Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) Clearance
Employers are obligated to ensure their people are medically cleared to wear a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). This clearance is important because the environments these devices are used in are typically very physically and physiologically strenuous. Obtaining emergency assistance in these conditions poses even more challenges. With such risks, it is critical to be certain the people you’re sending into these environments are cleared to do so medically.
We understand the stakes when sending a person into such a hazardous environment, and our goal is to ensure due diligence is taken before doing so. Our SCBA certificates are not issued without sufficient evidence of medical clearance. SCBA certification requires a pulmonary function test and medical fitness exam; health questionnaires do not meet CSA standards, nor do they not meet ours.
Mask Fit Testing
Mobile Drug Testing
Mobile drug testing makes sense when bringing your people to one of our collection sites doesn’t. Examples of such include when you are in a remote location or you have a high number of on-site employees that need to be tested within a day or two. With mobile drug testing, you’ll reduce employee time away from site and downtime while ensuring testing is done in a timely manner.
Our mobile unit in Bonnyville & Cold Lake, can come to your door if you’re in central or northern Alberta, northeastern British Columbia (including Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, and parts of Saskatchewan) during normal business hours.
After-hours testing may be available through our third-party network, depending on location. Our trained and certified staff can deliver a comprehensive suite of mobile occupational testing services designed to meet your corporate policies and legislative requirements.
Fast and Accurate to Keep Your Business Going
All lab-confirmed positive test results are verified by a qualified medical review officer, you will recieve results in less than 3 hours after collection when using express/POCT collection technologies.
Other Mobile Testing Services
Oral Fluid/Saliva testing
While lab-based oral fluid drug testing is not the gold standard that urine testing is, it can be the best choice in certain situations. Lab-based oral fluid testing is easily administered and supervisors can be trained for testing employees working in remote locations where access to a fixed collection site may be challenging.
Lab-based oral fluid testing may be required to meet conditions of ratified agreements in post-accident and reasonable cause scenarios. Eliminating shy bladder situations, oral fluid drug testing can be an effective matrix for random testing programs as well.
Laboratory-Based Oral Fluid Testing
All Lakeland Health Cares oral fluid testing is laboratory-based to give you the accurate results that you can depend on and action reliably if needed. The U.S Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has recommended cut-off levels for oral fluid but no laboratories currently have Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) certification for this technology. The Canadian Model advocates oral fluid testing for reasonable cause and post-incident testing and has adopted the SAMHSA recommended cut-off levels.
Chemicals, particulate dust, or reduced oxygen in the air causes health hazards for workers. As an employer, it’s your job to eliminate exposure to these hazards if possible. Ensuring your people are wearing their protective equipment is simply not good enough. To truly protect them requires evaluating their lung function with a pulmonary function test (PFT) and the effectiveness of their protective equipment.
Our respiratory testing services exceed regulations because we’re committed to doing it right. As with all of ouroccupational health testing, our respiratory testing services were developed and are carried out by some of the most knowledgeable experts in the industry—so you can rely on the results. Customizable to meet your needs wherever you’re working in Canada, these services have been designed to protect employer and employee rights, ensuring that employees don’t lose employment unfairly and that employers can defend decisions when required.
Pulmonary Function Test (PFT)/Spirometry
A pulmonary function test (PFT) or spirometry measures how well the lungs take in and release air and move gases such as oxygen from the atmosphere into the body. The PFT can be used to assess the effects of toxic substances such as isocyanides on the lungs, check the suitability of wearing self-contained breathing equipment, and assess whether people are fit to occupy strenuous positions, among other things. The PFT is common in ongoing exposure surveillance programs.
Our PFT includes:
obtaining a blood pressure reading,
documenting a comprehensive substance exposure history and health history,
and determining current lung function status by checking for recent symptoms and recent exposure.
A trained technician then conducts a spirometry test to assess actual lung function. The technical equipment measures total lung volume and expiration velocity (volume over time). The PFT is repeated at least three times to ensure the results are reliable.
Why choose Lakeland Health Care for your respiratory testing?
OHS-qualified technicians trained by an agency acceptable to the province in which testing is performed (where required)
Tests designed to meet or exceed provincial requirements/CSA standards
Easy to combine with drug and alcohol testing or fitness testing
Record retention in accordance with OHS requirements, College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Ministry of Labour by province, whichever is greatest
Protecting your company and your employees.
Respiratory testing can help employees protect themselves and identify health problems early. For example, identifying limited lung function early makes it possible to diagnose or manage asthma, detect and distinguish lung disease, and assess impairment due to occupational exposure.
Are you in compliance?
Employers must ensure that employees have access to the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when exposed to potential harmful substances (CSA Standard Z94.4-02). Federal and provincial designated substances vary, as do each province’s/territory’s legislated testing requirements. Learn more about respiratory testing and the requirements where you operate.
Emergency/ After Hours Testing.. When you need testing now.
If an incident occurs in the workplace, drug and alcohol testing needs to be done as quickly as possible in order to best determine if substance use was a contributing factor. Alcohol testing must be done within 8 hours and drug testing needs to be done within 32 hours to ensure viable results.
Because there’s no way to know when an accident will happen, we’re on call 24/7 every day of the year. We’ll help you determine what drug and alcohol testing needs to be done and get the tests done as quickly as possible. Then, we’ll get the results to you quickly so they can be used in the investigation.
Reasons for Testing
Drug and alcohol testing is done to improve safety in the work environment. In many situations, people who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol at work will put themselves and others at risk. Companies run these tests to deter people working on their sites from using drugs and alcohol at work.
There are other reasons for drug testing. A drug and alcohol testing program can help your company:
Avoid hiring individuals who pose a safety risk
Identify employees who have alcohol and/or drug problems and help them recover and return to work safely
Do your due diligence by collecting data to reduce organizational risk and liability
Help hang on to responsible employees who value safety
Demonstrate your social responsibility to the communities you work in