OOIDA Says Hair Testing Will Not Stop Truck Driver Crashes

With the possible implementation of hair testing for truck drivers, the OOIDA argues that it is ineffective and costly.

The Owner-Operated Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) issued a response to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' guidelines on the use of hair testing in federal drug testing programs on November 9, according to LandLine.

The OOIDA argues that hair testing will not reduce the number of car crashes in the trucking industry. It is reported that in 2018, 305 of the year’s 33,654 fatal car crashes involved drivers of trucks who weighed at least 10,000 pounds and received at least one positive drug test.

“Hair tests can lead to false positive results because certain drugs can be absorbed into the hair,” said the OOIDA. “While any fatality is too many, it is unlikely that requiring hair testing will reduce that percentage.”

In addition to the issue of false positives, the OOIDA says that hair testing is costly and presents biases based on hair texture and color. It is also less effective than urinalysis.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration must approve the Department of Health and Human Services guidelines on hair testing before they are applied to truck drivers.

About the Author

Nikki Johnson-Bolden is an Associate Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • EHS Management Software Buyer's Guide

    Download this buyer's guide to make more informed decisions as you're looking for an EHS management software system for your organization.

  • Steps to Conduct a JSA

    We've put together a comprehensive step-by-step guide to help you perform a job safety analysis (JSA), which includes a pre-built, JSA checklist and template, steps of a JSA, list of potential job hazards, and an overview of hazard control hierarchy.

  • Levels of a Risk Matrix

    Risk matrices come in many different shapes and sizes. Understanding the components of a risk matrix will allow you and your organization to manage risk effectively.

  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Industry Safe
Bulwark FR Quiz

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - March 2021

    March 2021

    Featuring:

    • EMPLOYEE TESTING
      The Impact of COVID-19 on Drug Testing
    • PROTECTIVE APPAREL
      Preparing for Unpredictable Spring Weather
    • FALL PROTECTION
      Building a Comprehensive Floor Safety Strategy
    • GAS DETECTION
      Gas Hazards and the COVID-19 Vaccine
    View This Issue