What to Expect When Arriving at a Collection Site
Narrator: Hi, I’m Greg Henderson. Drug Program Specialist at the Department of the Interior’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Branch. This video illustrates how a urine specimen is collected at a collection site. It's intended to provide a brief overview on how a collection takes place once the donor arrives at the collection site. The information in this video is beneficial for those who have been directed to report to a collection site for a federally regulated drug test or those supervisors or human resources staff who routinely send employees or applicants for a drug test.
Female Donor: Hi
Male Collector: Hi
Female Donor: I’m here for a drug test
Male Collector: Can I see your photo id?
Female Donor: Sure
Narrator: Before arriving at the collection site, the donor, an employee or applicant, should be provided with the collection site address, hours of operation. The donor should be told, when to report to the collection site or if an appointment is necessary. The donor should be instructed to bring photo identification and that the specimen being collected will be urine.
Male Collector: What Agency are you testing for today?
Female Donor: The Department of the Interior
Male Collector: Is this a pre-employment test for you?
Female Donor: Yes, it is.
Male Collector: Okay, here is your id back. My name is Bryan and I’ll be administering your test today. Would you please put all your belongings in the locker over there and lock it up and take the key.
Female Donor: Okay
Narrator: Donors will be asked to remove any unnecessary outer clothing and leave other personal belongings in locked storage. They may take their wallet in after inspection. Next step is for the donor to wash and dry their hands.
Narrator: The donor is asked to choose a collection container. The collector then removes the seal and empties the contents. The donor is directed to fill the cup to the marked line. If the donor cannot provide enough, they should provide what they can in the cup and exit the restroom. The collector needs to see the specimen within four minutes of the void hitting the cup. Also, they should not flush the toilet when they are finished.
Narrator: Next the donor is directed to the restroom and told to close the door during collection. The collector also explains that the toilet water is blue to prohibit the donors from using clear water as their specimen.
Narrator: In this scenario, the donor provides enough urine for the split specimen but if the donor had not been able to provide that much the collector would discard the void and direct the donor to stay at the collection site and consume no more than 40 fluid ounces. Donors are allowed up to three hours to provide an adequate specimen.
Narrator: Next the collector checks the temperature and inspects the specimen. Then the collector breaks the seals on the vials that came with the kit and transfers the specimen into them. A tamper evident seal is placed on both of the bottles and the donor is then told they can wash their hands.
Male Collector: Okay, we’re going to finish up your paperwork. First thing I need you to do is verify the numbers here, here, and here are exactly the same.
Female Donor: They are the same.
Male Collector: I want you to take a pen and put your initials on both vials.
Female Donor: Okay.
Male Collector: What I’m going to have you do now is read the statement here…
Narrator: The donor is then directed to fill in step 5 on the second page of the federal custody and control form. They will sign their name after reading the certification statement that this was their urine, it wasn’t altered in any way, and that they watched the specimen get sealed up. The collector fills out their section on the form and places it inside the bag that came with the kit. Everything is sealed up.
Male Collector: Before you leave, there are a few things I want to show you on the form. This is the last five of your social. You did a pre-employment test. And your specimen is going to be tested for marijuana, cocaine, PCP, opiates, and amphetamines, to include ecstasy.
Narrator: If the specimen tests positive at the laboratory, a physician known as a Medical Review Officer will contact the donor to discuss their medication or medical information. If they don’t receive a call, the negative test results will be sent to the Agency’s point of contact.
Male Collector: Here’s a copy of the form. Have a good day.
Female Donor: Thanks.
Narrator: For more information about the regulations on federally regulated drug tests, visit these websites.