Rair launching drug, alcohol testing program

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Rair, a provider of safety and compliance services to the trucking industry, announced the launch of its drug and alcohol testing program. The new program offers a complete range of drug testing services, including collection, testing, reporting and medical review officer (MRO) duties. Mary K. Tappa, Rair’s executive vice president of operations, has more than 20 years of experience in administering drug testing programs and will oversee the new service.

“Our goal is to offer a complete menu of services aimed at reducing carriers’ exposure to the risks of noncompliance with federal safety regulations,” says J.J. Singh, president and chief executive officer of Rair. “Drug testing is a natural fit.” Rair’s drug testing business will be Web-based like the company’s existing services of driver log auditing, Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 compliance, driver management and vehicle management.

“This takes us back to our roots,” says Henry M. Goldberg, MD, founder and chairman of Rair. While this is a new service for Rair, the company was born out of the drug testing industry: Goldberg formerly was president of Substance Abuse Management Inc., a third-party administrator of drug testing services. “Now these same trucking companies have asked us to get back into the drug testing business,” Goldberg says.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s new drug testing rule, which goes into effect Oct. 1, changes the training of and procedures used by MROs.