Cisive Product Highlight: Drug Screening & Occupational Health

  • April 4, 2023
  • Jenni Gray
  • Approx. Read Time: 4 Minutes
  • Updated on November 26, 2023

In this Cisive Product Highlight series, we’ll review key tools to consider when screening your workforce, as well as top benefits and features when ordering them through Cisive and our family of brands.

This month’s highlight is our Drug Screening & Occupational Health suite of solutions, which can help you determine whether candidates and employees are physically safe and fit to work for your organization.


What are drug screening and occupational health services? Why are they important?

Drug screening and occupational health tests are an important, and sometimes required, part of keeping your workplace safe and promoting employee health and wellness.

Drug Screening

Drug screening is a type of pre-employment or post-hire test to determine if your candidate or employee uses a range of substances. It is a vital preventative measure to reduce accidents for employees and the public they interact with, and may be required if an incident does occur at your workplace. Your organization can customize which substances you want to include on your drug screen.

Occupational Health

Occupational health services include a wide array of testing, such as physicals, x-rays, blood draws, hearing or vision tests, and more. Which of these you order will depend on regulatory requirements for your industry, or physical requirements for the job positions you offer.


Who should utilize drug screening and occupational health services?

Any organization can include drug screening or occupational health services as part of their pre-employment screening package, or as a standalone product pre-employment or post-hire.

Some industries and jobs require drug screening, such as companies or job positions bound by the Department of Transportation’s regulations. Healthcare organizations also rely on a number of drug screening and occupational health tests to ensure their environments remain safe and healthy for patients.

Manufacturing companies may run pre-employment drug tests as well as post-hire tests to ensure employees are not under the influence when operating heavy machinery.

In Case of Emergency, Order Here

These services are also important for companies that need to order a drug test after an incident has occurred in the workplace. You don’t expect an incident, such as an accident, injury, or fatality to occur at your job. However, it is extremely important to have a policy in place outlining your procedure if an emergency should occur, complete with setting up your standalone post-hire ordering capability so you’re ready, just in case.


What is the process like?

For You

Your company will work with Cisive to determine your drug screening and occupational health requirements. Cisive will then build your ordering package or set up your standalone product to your specifications. After setup, the process is easy! Just order the package and wait for the result. Cisive handles the rest.

If you use “instant” drug screening and the test is negative, you will receive that result almost instantly. If using traditional lab-based drug screening, or if an “instant” result has to go to a lab for further testing, you’ll typically receive results in about three business days.

Occupational health tests have varied turnaround times depending on the test. Some tests are nearly instant. Others, such as lab draws, vaccines, titers, and chest x-rays, may take five to seven business days because they require lab review before results are returned to you.

Cisive provides you with ongoing support to ensure your drug screening and occupational health packages are performing the way you need them to, answer any questions you have, and update your process as your needs evolve.

For Your Candidates and Employees

When you order the drug screen or occupational health test, your candidate or employee will receive an email. They’ll create an account if they don’t have one already, fill out their required information, select their location, and then they’ll receive a list of clinics near them where they can complete the testing.

For candidates or employees who don’t live as close to a clinic, they have the option to call our team of drug testing specialists. This team will assist them in finding the closest possible location, as well as getting all required paperwork to them.

The most common specimen collected is urine; however, oral fluid, hair, and blood testing are also options.


What returns on a drug testing or occupational health report?

Drug Screening

You’ll most often receive a status update that indicates whether your candidate or employee (donor) was negative or positive. A positive result will indicate which substance was detected in the test.

Other possible results include “negative dilute,” which means your donor drank too much water and it diluted the specimen. The result may also indicate “temperature out of range,” which would mean the specimen likely didn’t come from the donor at the time the specimen was collected. The last result is “refusal,” meaning the donor refused to complete the test.

Occupational Health

You’ll be able to see that your candidate or employee has completed the required testing. You will typically receive attached physical documentation of the test indicating the results in more detail.


Cisive is here to keep you compliant and prepared.

Cisive offers a large network of collection sites and clinics for your candidate and employee drug screens and occupational health tests.  With our streamlined solution, you’ll never have to deal with multiple vendors in a fragmented process – we’ll handle it for you from start to finish. Contact us today for a customized solution with flexible ordering and reporting capabilities.


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