Collecting Pee for a Living

March 19, 2024 by Andrew Spracklin

A little story, roughly 12 years ago I took a class about possibility performing DOT physicals.  At the time, I was more or less in need of continuing education and I was always fascinated with physical exams.  When I went to school I was always in love with evaluation and management of cases, this hasn’t really changed but in the chiropractic realm your vision can get pretty narrow at times. I took the class and decided to take the Medical Examiners test, passed it and was officially certified to perform DOT/CDL Physicals.

The first few years were slow and steady but every year we would do a few more physicals and that continues to be the case. But over the course of doing the exams, I would get questions about the drug and alcohol testing aspects of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA). I was very reluctant about adding this service for a long time because who wants to collect pee for a living.

A year ago, I had a change in heart, if we are going to continue to grow the DOT/CDL physical business we might as well be a one stop shop for all things FMCSA. I took a few more classes and actually had to renew my medical examiner certificate as it had been 10 years since I took the first one. Having the ability to collect DOT drug collections and having a DOT certified breath alcohol machine has proven to be invaluable to myself and to persons that come into the office.

The breaking point is that there are not a lot of reliable offices that give companies the ability to send drivers in, essentially at their own convenience. Pre-employment and random drug testing are the major parts of the testing but there are other aspects, including return to work, reasonable suspicion or just about any other reason that your employer may want the test.

You will notice that over the course of the next two months, I’m going to get crazy aggressive in building the drug testing business. We are building our consortium, which is the third party aspect that helps run/manage a company’s drug testing program. There are certain benchmarks that need to be met in order to meet the needs of the DOT, we help guide people through that process in a relatively quick and easy way.

I’ve already said the majority of the things that I’m currently saying but what I’m going to reiterate: we love to work with local companies and will help those companies through just about any aspect of the drug testing program or consortiums. I really have no desire to manage large trucking companies, I’d love to be a collection site but to manage a company that would be described as large, this would be a little out of my realm.

So, is collecting pee a glamorous profession. I’d like to think that most people would think not, but someone has to do it and it might as well be our offices. We pride ourselves on a local, convenient option for people and companies that are looking for a one stop shop when it comes to FMCSA regulations.

Are we still learning, sure, everyone is but if you would like to be along with the ride and journey of the drug & alcohol testing, please contact us.  We’d love to talk to you and provide you the service with a smile that you deserve. The process does not need to be complicated or time consuming and this is our vow to you or your company.

We look forward to hearing from you in the future.


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