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Going Virtual: Drug Testing For Remote Workers?

Many employers are amending their return-to-work policies as we continue adapting to the changes brought on by COVID-19. While some changes are easy to adapt…

Going Virtual: Drug Testing For Remote Workers?

ARTICLE BY: Elise Anderson

Many employers are amending their return-to-work policies as we continue adapting to the changes brought on by COVID-19. While some changes are easy to adapt to, drug-testing for remote workers proves to be more difficult. Some solutions have arisen over the past year with virtual collection at the forefront.

A method of drug testing remote workers is becoming more commonplace and it’s valuable to know what this is and what it entails. As an employer, knowing acceptable methods of drug testing is critical. We advise doing proper research first about your state and local drug testing laws to comply with proper collection procedures. Alliance 2020 continues to explore opportunities for providing this service while in compliance with government regulations.

Embracing Telehealth

Telehealth is a method of bringing healthcare services to an individual by means of technology, typically via videoconferencing. As a result of the social distancing protocols developed in 2020, many people shifted to telehealth to provide care in a safe and secure manner for both providers and patients. The vital question that comes next is: how can telehealth apply to drug testing your employees still working remotely?

Collection Process

When it comes to drug testing, it’s imperative that the collection process remain untampered. Using videoconferencing technology such as Zoom allows employers to conduct collections virtually.

The predominant advantage of telehealth collections is the ease of use. Employers may simply mail a testing kit to an employee or applicant who then follows step-by-step instructions before mailing it back.

Oral fluid testing remains the most appropriate and efficient collection type for remote tests. With this method, employers can observe the collection process completely from start to finish. Additionally, this process can be done over a live, observational video conference or recorded by the applicant and sent to the employer with the original sample.


Due to COVID-19, so many aspects of our work environments are adapting to consider virtual options. However, it’s important to remember that not everyone has the same access to technology. With that in mind, in-person drug testing continues to be a necessity.

As part of our mission, Alliance 2020 will stay on the forefront of technology. With the possible advancements of virtual drug test collections, our services will advance as well. We take every opportunity to streamline your employment screening needs.

Whether it’s to provide other methods like urine and hair collections for drug testing or to grant in-person process, Alliance 2020 will continue providing our services. You can learn more about the drug testing services we offer as well as our Renton Service Center.

Alliance 2020, Inc.
Corporate Headquarters
304 Main Ave S, Ste 101
Renton WA 98057

Mailing: PO Box 4248
Renton WA 98057


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