Posted: Jan 27, 2014 10:17 AMUpdated: Jan 27, 2014 10:17 AM
Commissioners Consider Change
The Washington County Commissioners heard about alternative sites for drug testing as part of their weekly meeting Monday. The county tests employees as part of the hiring process, randomly tests employees at least once a quarter and tests employees for drug use after accidents. Currently, the county has samples taken locally, which are then sent to lab in Norman where the tests occur. This can cause a delay of up to two weeks before results are returned, significantly slowing down hiring processes and crash investigations. The commissioners discussed possibly changing labs to a local lab centered in Tulsa which has a Bartlesville lab. Currently the lab is used by the City of Bartlesville and can have a turnaround of less than 24 hours. Kary Cox, who researched the lab said he would seriously recommend changing to the local laboratory. Any change would be put to a vote by the commissioners in June, when the contract with the current lab is up.
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