RAIR has announced it has rolled out a new drug and alcohol testing program. This addition to its portfolio of compliance tools will offer a range of drug testing services including collection, testing, reporting and Medical Review Officer (MRO) duties.

The introduction comes just ahead of the new drug testing rule, which goes into effect on October 1, 2010. The new rule changes the training of and procedures used by MROs.

"Our goal is to offer a complete menu of services aimed at reducing carriers' exposure to the risks of non-compliance with federal safety regulations," said JJ Singh, president & CEO of RAIR. "Drug testing is a natural fit." RAIR's drug-testing business will be web-based like the company's existing services, which include driver log auditing, CSA 2010 compliance, driver management and vehicle management.

"This takes us back to our roots," said Henry M. Goldberg, MD, founder and chairman of RAIR. While this is a new service for the firm, the company was born out of the drug-testing industry: Goldberg was formerly president of Substance Abuse Management Inc. (SAMI), a third-party administrator of drug testing services, which served many of the country's largest trucking companies, prior to founding RAIR. "Now these same trucking companies have asked us to get back into the drug testing business," said Goldberg.

Mary K. Tappa, executive vp of operations, who has more than 20 years of experience in administering drug testing programs, will oversee the new service.