Monitored Collection

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Definition - What does Monitored Collection mean?

A monitored collection refers to a process where a collector or monitor follows a person to a restroom facility where the test subject uses a private stall to void a urine specimen pending the outcome of a positive test result. 

SureHire explains Monitored Collection

Although a monitored collection serves as a more objective approach to drug testing protocol, a trained monitor is still obligated to recognize telltale signs that might suggest recent drug use. Distinctive sounds or visible attempts to tamper with a urine specimen, barring compliance with the rules, warrants direct observation to remove any doubt. A person who declines to submit to a monitored collection drug test is equivalent to a refusal to test that can affect a job candidate's prospects.

A control and custody form (CCF) is a document used to track the details of the monitored collection process that features the names of the collector or monitor and the test subject for easy referral. In some cases, a collector will delegate their role to an appointed monitor of the same gender or an otherwise trained medical expert credentialed to handle monitored collection protocol. While drug and alcohol testing policy is a mainstay in the workplace, employers often face legal hitches against human privacy rights laws. While a monitored collection carries an implied violation to that end, many U.S.-based parent companies influence Canadian subsidiaries where safety-sensitive positions disarm real or perceived biases over public health and safety.

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