Drug & Alcohol Testing

Nova Medical Centers offer onsite drug and alcohol testing 24 hours a day / 7 days a week to ensure the workplace is safe from unnecessary risk.

To order:

  • During Business Hours call 1-866-480-1310 or click here to email.
  • After Hours please call 1-866-480-1310, option 2.

Flu Season is Coming, Be Prepared!

Flu season is approaching and Nova Medical Centers wants you to be prepared!There are proactive things you can do to help avoid the Flu this season.

“Hand washing is important,” Frank Kromelis, M.D., physician at Nova Medical Centers’ South Clinic, said. “And, of course, get a Flu shot!”

When washing your hands, use warm water and soap. If you are on the go and a sink isn’t readily available, there are other ways you can decrease your contact with germs.

“Use copious amounts of hand sanitizer (during the Flu season),” Donna West, P.A., physician’s assistant at Nova Medical Centers’ South Clinic, said.

Also avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, as this is an easy way to not only spread germs, but to also give them a more direct path to getting you sick.

While the actual Flu season varies every year, it typically falls between October and May. In Texas, according to Dr. Kromelis, we often see it hit hardest in December.

Ideally, the vaccine should be administered before the season begins.

Nova Medical Centers offers Flu vaccines ($25 for walk-ins). It takes two weeks after receiving a vaccination for the antibodies to develop in your system, so it is encouraged to get a shot before the season begins to give it time to keep you healthy.

The Flu has a long list of unpleasant symptoms.

”Typically, your first signs of the Flu are upper respiratory symptoms and coughing,” Kromelis said. “You also experience nasal congestion and a sore throat and high fever.”

Body aches, chills, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea are also common Flu indicators.

Rather than suffering through the misery that is Influenza, get a Flu shot today!

Occupational Health Services: Treating More Than Injuries

Experts in Atlanta occupational health services enjoy helping injured workers heal and get back to their jobs, but they do so much more.Their services are designed to help workers, and they also have valuable services that benefit businesses. Here are some of the ways that occupational medicine can make businesses safer and help them reduce expenses.

Pre-Hire Drug Screening

Businesses want to know that they are hiring responsible and reliable workers. This means that they don’t want people who are spending their free time on the weekends doing recreational drugs. With pre-employment drug testing through Atlanta occupational health services, they will have some assurance that their employees are clean and drug-free.

Some companies have established non-smoking policies for their employees. This helps them reduce medical expenses and maintains a cleaner working environment. In addition to testing for recreational drugs, occupational medicine can also test for nicotine. They can also test for high levels of alcohol to help ensure employers that their team will be reliable, clean and sober.

Health Physicals

Companies that offer manual labor can also benefit from ADA compliant physicals. If a job requires heavy lifting or other physical labor, employers need to know that their team is up to the challenges. With health physicals, applicants will undergo a physical examination to ensure that they are reasonably fit for the job.

This is important for several reasons. It allows companies to eliminate applicants who would be unable to handle the physical requirements of the job. The other workers on the job need to be able to rely on their team members, and they will be safer and happier when everyone can handle the physical tasks. Accidents are avoided, and companies will reduce their turnover by ensuring that new hires are in the right physical health.

On-Site Employee Services

The flu can run rampant through most business environments and leave most of the staff ill. When too many people are out sick, productivity levels suffer. Employers can avoid facing these problems by having occupational medicine specialists provide flu shots or other services on-site. Employees are more likely to protect themselves with these vaccinations when they are convenient and free of charge to the employee.

Eliminate Potential Risk With Pre-Employment Drug Testing

Every employer wants to hire the best man or woman for the job. To this end, employers review applications, conduct interviews and perform background checks.However, these steps may not always tell an employer everything he or she needs to know about a potential employee. Pre-employment drug testingcan also give valuable information that may help an employer make the right decision about hiring a prospective employee.

Drug Testing Basics

Drug tests are offered by private companies and laboratories that specialize in drug screening, as well as by medical clinics and industrial and occupational medicine practices. Pre-employment drug testing can search for a single drug or for all common street and prescription drugs. The most common method of drug testing is chemical analysis of a sample of urine or blood from the prospective employee. These tests can indicate whether an individual has used drugs in the previous one to two weeks. A hair follicle test can also be performed to determine if a person has used drugs in the past several months.

The Importance of Pre-Employment Drug Testing

While some drug users will indulge in occasional, recreational use of drugs when not at work, the presence of a drug in an individual’s body can be a sign of a serious chemical addiction and may also be an indication of an underlying personality disorder that would make that individual a poor choice as an employee. Below are several ways that drug screening of potential employees can benefit an employer.

Workplace Safety

Some work conditions involve the use of heavy machinery or performance of other tasks that require the full concentration of the employee. The intrinsic hazards of these workplaces are multiplied when an employee is under the influence of drugs. Drug testing helps prevent a potentially impaired employee from attempting to perform complex or dangerous tasks and possibly harming himself or other employees.

Protection from Civil Liability and Criminal Prosecution

An employee acts as a representative of a company. If an employee harms a person or causes damage to private or public property while working, the company, as well as the individual employee, can be sued for damages. In addition to civil liability, a business owner might also be subject to criminal prosecution if an employee commits a crime while on the job or is found to possess controlled substances on company property or in a company vehicle.

Safeguarding Company Property

Although theft is not limited to drug users, workers with a drug addiction are more likely than non-drug users to steal from their employer, co-workers or even clients or customers. Individuals with a serious addiction who have access to company funds, computers, vehicles, client’s belongings or other objects of value might be more prone to steal due to a lowered threshold of impulse control or a need for extra money to pay for drugs. Also, in most jurisdictions, vehicles driven by an intoxicated driver or in which drugs are found during a traffic stop are subject to impound or confiscation by the police.

Most employers, especially those whose employees work closely with the public, benefit from screening all new hires for a range of common drugs as part of the hiring process. Although drug testing is not a foolproof means of gauging how reliable and efficient a potential employee will be, it can allow an employer to avoid hiring an individual that is likely to perform poorly or even be a detriment to the company.