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Mobile drug testing catches employees off-guard

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CLEVELAND, OH (WKYC) - Drug testing is not just for professional athletes. It is part of the job and required by law in many industries.

But more companies that never tested employees for drugs before are doing so now.

"It can be anything from landscaping to attorneys, to accountants. Certainly there is a whole broad range," says Karen Kitchen.

Traditionally, employees would travel to a drug testing lab. That meant lost work time and liability if the employee was in an accident on their way to or from the testing site. Mobile testing also offers the element of surprise for companies like Chemtron who conduct random drug tests.

"It provides the element of surprise. The employee doesn't know that we are coming," says Kitchen. Only one predetermined person on staff will know when testing is to occur. Guenther likes it that way.

"We don't want to give advance notice. If someone is going to steal from you, they are not going to give warning. If someone is going to be drug tested, I would rather they admit that they are positive so that we can get them into a program and help rehab them before I spend the cost and find out they are and have to deal with it later," says Guenther.

Kitchen and her husband own and operate USA Mobile Drug Testing of Cleveland, Ohio

The company's list of clients ranges from tree removal companies and day care facilities to schools and house cleaning services.

Read more at WKYC's website.

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