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Our Founder & President, Kevin V. Odenbaugh, created CAL-TEST Drug Testing Services, later renamed FORENSIC Drug Testing Services, Inc., in October 1991. While working in his childhood "dream job" as a full time Police Officer within the City of Brawley, CA. he discovered that many current drug & alcohol abusers, whom he had previously arrested for Driving Under the Influence(DUI) of alcohol and/or drugs, were still working in high risk jobs, such as Public Utilities, Government, Busing, Medical, Trucking, Construction, Education, Childcare, Security and many other safety-related career, even after their arrest and driver's license suspension. Kevin continued to process these arrests through the criminal justice system, but noticed that the arrested person was returning right back into their safety-related careers, without any notice to their employers! In most cases, they were back in their safety-related jobs within 24 hours of their arrest and their employer knew NOTHING ABOUT THE POTENTIAL SAFETY & INCREASED LIABILITY RISK TO THEIR COMPANY!!!
Kevin knew that law enforcement intervention or employer notification was NOT a realistic option , but knew something had to be done to correct this public safety"loop-hole". As a former U.S. Army Military Police Officer and current Southern California Police Officer, Kevin knew how to research the federal & state laws, regulations and case laws dealing with workplace drug & alcohol abuse, so he hit the books and started gathering and studying any and all information that was available . In 1991, there was not much data available on the subject, nor any solid case law to help guide employers. Fortunately, there were two major changes in the law, addressing employee drug & alcohol testing as a means of detouring employee drug & alcohol abuse: The Federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Final Rule making process for the Department of Transportation-Federal Highway Administration(FHWA) regulated Driver, performing Inter-state commerce. These were the two foundation Kevin used to build his Drug Prevention & Employee Testing Programs for his future clients.......CAL-TEST WAS BORN!!!
Since that time, Kevin has built his company from a small “experiment”, ran from a 150 square foot office, to a thriving and productive Corporation, operating three FDTSI Customer Care Facilities (Imperial, Palm Desert and Riverside), with a growing client base, in excess of 700, private and public employers NATIONWIDE!
Kevin continued expanding his training and experience by obtaining his Laboratory Technician Certification through Abbott Diagnostics, Syva Diagnostics and Therma-Fisher Diagnostics, then opened and operated his own, privately held, forensic drug testing facility within Brawley, CA. As the facilities Laboratory Director, Kevin created, from scratch, Policy & Procedures addressing Donor sample collection and Laboratory screening practices that ensured privacy for the Donor being tested, while ensuring sample integrity and reliability. Kevin implemented his own security measures to address the "false positive" concerns being raised back then, during the early stages of drug testing. Kevin implemented automatic GC and/or GC/MS confirmation testing of all screening "positives", then added in the Medical Review Officer (MRO) element if the screening test was confirmed "positive". Little did he know, the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) later implemented this very same process within it's final rule making process, which is still being used today as the "industry standard".
As the word spread, Cal-Test grew quickly and the demands dramatically increased, forcing Kevin to make a very difficult decision......remain in secure career as a full time Police Officer and stop the growth of Cal-Test OR step down to a part-time Reserve Police Officer assignment and allow Cal-Test to continue it's growth. Thank goodness, Kevin choose Cal-Test!
As a result, the Company grew quickly and continues to grow to this day, based upon our one solid principal..... "Donor respect, coupled with solid forensic practices, ensures reliable results & a happier workforce". It's pretty simple, treat people the way you'd like to be treated and help ensure 100% accurate and reliable test results....every time!
This is what we do........we author, produce, implement and manage your Drug Prevention & Employee Testing Program with respect, integrity and real life experience to ensure a genuine & safer Drug Free workplace!
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