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Hair Collection For
Substance Abuse Toxicology
Collection Supplies Provided by USDTL
A.) Plastic specimen bag
B.) Envelope with security seal
C.) Custody and Control For...
Supplies Provided by Collecting Facility
D) Cutting shears
E) Alcohol pad (non-ethanol)
F) Hair clips
G) Comb
H) Disposabl...
Important Notes:
o Before collection, check that the donor’s hair is not chemically treated or
synthetic. If so, an altern...
Important Notes:
o Specimens under the required volume may result in a QNS (quantity not
sufficient). Please refer to our ...
Step 1
o Prior to each collection, wipe
the scissors, clips, and comb
with a non-ethanol based
alcohol pad.
Step 2
o Examine the donor’s
hair prior to beginning
the collection. Check
that the donor’s hair is
not chemically treated...
Step 3
o Verify the donor’s
identity with a
government-issued
photo ID.
Step 4:
Fill in the Custody and Control Form
A.) Once verified, mark the Picture ID
Verified box on the Custody and
Contro...
D.) Mark the specimen matrix
and location.
E.) Mark the appropriate reason
for testing.
F.) Mark the panel ordered for
thi...
Step 5
o Open the collection
supplies in the presence of
the donor.
Step 6
o Fold each side of the
collection foil up to form a
tray and open the
envelope so the printed
ruler is visible.
Step 7
o Clipping the hair: The ideal site
for collection is at the top of the
back of the head, called the
crown or vorte...
For Hair Longer than 1.5 inches:
A. Isolate a section of hair above the area to be sampled, and secure it
with a hair clip...
Step 8
o Once the required amount of specimen has
been collected, fold the foil inward several
times to secure the hair in...
Step 9
o Write the Donor ID from the
Custody and Control Form
on the envelope in the Test
Subject ID section.
Step 10
o Place the bar-coded
specimen seal from the
Custody and Control form
across the bottom of the
envelope. Make sure...
Step 11
o Have the
donor/guardian read
and initial the first
sentence on the
envelope, and then
date and initial the
bar-c...
Step 12
o The collector then
reads, dates and
signs the second
sentence of the
envelope and records
the specimen
weight, i...
Step 13
o The donor/guardian and collector
should both confirm that the Test
Subject ID Number on the envelope
matches the...
Step 14
o Date, sign and print the
collector name in Step 4 of
the Custody and Control
Form.
Step 15
o Have the donor date, print
and sign their name in Step
5 of the Custody and Control
Form (optional).
Step 16
o In the presence of the
donor/guardian, place the top
copy of the Custody and
Control Form inside the outer
pocke...
Step 17
o Place the specimen
envelope in an
appropriate specimen
transport overwrap and
contact your courier for
pick-up.
All Rights Reserved. Copyright © 2015
United States Drug Testing Laboratories, Inc.
Thank You
If you have any questions, p...
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Hair Collection Instructions

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Recently, hair testing has come to be seen as a powerful tool for the detection of drug and alcohol abuse. Hair provides a long-term history of drug and alcohol abuse by trapping biomarkers in the fibers of the growing hair strand. When collected close to the scalp, hair can provide up to a 3 month history of alcohol and drug abuse. This video provides instructions on proper collection.

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Hair Collection Instructions

  1. 1. Hair Collection For Substance Abuse Toxicology
  2. 2. Collection Supplies Provided by USDTL A.) Plastic specimen bag B.) Envelope with security seal C.) Custody and Control Form with bar-coded stickers
  3. 3. Supplies Provided by Collecting Facility D) Cutting shears E) Alcohol pad (non-ethanol) F) Hair clips G) Comb H) Disposable glove I) Disposable razor (optional) (D) (E) (F) (G) (H) (I)
  4. 4. Important Notes: o Before collection, check that the donor’s hair is not chemically treated or synthetic. If so, an alternate specimen should be used. Natural hair will have the best window of detection. Do not collect synthetic hair. o DO NOT mix head hair and body hair specimens. o Observance of the specimen at all times by the donor and collector prior to sealing the specimen container is required. o To ensure there is enough specimen to complete the assay it is recommended that 100mg of specimen is submitted for all tests below 10-panel. This is equal to a bundle of hair that is 1.5 inches in length and about ¼ inch in diameter, the diameter of a #2 pencil - see example. For EtG, add-ons and/ or tests above 10- panel, 150mg of specimen is recommended.
  5. 5. Important Notes: o Specimens under the required volume may result in a QNS (quantity not sufficient). Please refer to our QNS policy online. o A gem scale is highly recommended. o USDTL will only test the 1.5 inches of hair closest to the scalp, referred to as the root end. o When referring to head hair, we are referring to scalp hair only. Body hair refers to all other types of hair (facial, axillary, etc).
  6. 6. Step 1 o Prior to each collection, wipe the scissors, clips, and comb with a non-ethanol based alcohol pad.
  7. 7. Step 2 o Examine the donor’s hair prior to beginning the collection. Check that the donor’s hair is not chemically treated or synthetic.
  8. 8. Step 3 o Verify the donor’s identity with a government-issued photo ID.
  9. 9. Step 4: Fill in the Custody and Control Form A.) Once verified, mark the Picture ID Verified box on the Custody and Control Form. B.) Record the donor’s ID number. This may be the Social Security number, Driver’s License number, Medical Record number, Employee number or any other number of your facilities choosing. C.) Record the donor’s name (optional).
  10. 10. D.) Mark the specimen matrix and location. E.) Mark the appropriate reason for testing. F.) Mark the panel ordered for this collection. G.) Record the Collection Site Facility information if it is different than the Account Information at the top of the form. Step 4: Fill in the Custody and Control Form
  11. 11. Step 5 o Open the collection supplies in the presence of the donor.
  12. 12. Step 6 o Fold each side of the collection foil up to form a tray and open the envelope so the printed ruler is visible.
  13. 13. Step 7 o Clipping the hair: The ideal site for collection is at the top of the back of the head, called the crown or vortex area. Collector should use gloves throughout the collection.
  14. 14. For Hair Longer than 1.5 inches: A. Isolate a section of hair above the area to be sampled, and secure it with a hair clip. Using a rat-tail comb, select a section of hair to be clipped with cutting shears at scalp level. If the client has thin hair, multiple sites may be used. B. Clip the hair and place it on the envelope near the printed ruler with the root end to the left. Using the ruler, cut the hair to 1.5 inches in length, keeping the 1.5 inches closest to the root end. Discard the rest of the hair. Place the hair in the foil tray. Continue collection until you have 100mg/150mg of specimen. If you are not using a gem scale to weigh the specimen (recommended), you do not need to trim the hair to 1.5”. Instead, fold the foil in half and place the root end of the untrimmed hair toward the end of the foil marked root end. For Hair Shorter than 1.5 inches: C. Collect smaller amounts of hair from multiple sites around the head. Place the hair in the foil tray. Continue collection until you have 100mg/150mg of specimen.
  15. 15. Step 8 o Once the required amount of specimen has been collected, fold the foil inward several times to secure the hair inside the foil and place it inside the collection envelope. Note: Body hair is an acceptable alternative when scalp hair is not available. When referring to head hair, we are referring to scalp hair only. Body hair refers to all other types of hair (facial, axillary, etc). The same instructions apply to collecting body hair. Clip as close to the root as safely possible and place in the foil tray. Once 100mg/150mg is collected, fold the foil inward to secure the hair inside the foil. DO NOT mix body hair and head hair.
  16. 16. Step 9 o Write the Donor ID from the Custody and Control Form on the envelope in the Test Subject ID section.
  17. 17. Step 10 o Place the bar-coded specimen seal from the Custody and Control form across the bottom of the envelope. Make sure the sticker seals the flap of the envelope securely.
  18. 18. Step 11 o Have the donor/guardian read and initial the first sentence on the envelope, and then date and initial the bar-coded specimen seal next to Subject Initials.
  19. 19. Step 12 o The collector then reads, dates and signs the second sentence of the envelope and records the specimen weight, if available.
  20. 20. Step 13 o The donor/guardian and collector should both confirm that the Test Subject ID Number on the envelope matches the Donor ID number on the Custody and Control Form, and that the Control Number from the bar-coded sticker on the envelope matches the Control Number at the top of the Custody and Control Form. 3487001
  21. 21. Step 14 o Date, sign and print the collector name in Step 4 of the Custody and Control Form.
  22. 22. Step 15 o Have the donor date, print and sign their name in Step 5 of the Custody and Control Form (optional).
  23. 23. Step 16 o In the presence of the donor/guardian, place the top copy of the Custody and Control Form inside the outer pocket of the security bag. Place the specimen envelope inside the inner pocket of the security bag and seal the bag. The additional copies of the Custody and Control Form can be distributed at the discretion of the collecting facility.
  24. 24. Step 17 o Place the specimen envelope in an appropriate specimen transport overwrap and contact your courier for pick-up.
  25. 25. All Rights Reserved. Copyright © 2015 United States Drug Testing Laboratories, Inc. Thank You If you have any questions, please contact our Client Services Department: 800.235.2367 clientservices@usdtl.com

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