A “screw-up” is defined as a situation that has been completely mismanaged or mishandled. Lets face it, screw-ups have varying impacts but one thing is for certain, they all cost money. A case in point. An employer makes an appointment for his employee to get tested on Friday. On Friday morning the employee is notified of his appointment time and told to get tested. The employee says “Yes Sir, 10:30 AM sharp, I’ll be there”. Unfortunately the employee had heard that the fish were biting and was on his way to the river, and a day of drifting, and blew off the appointment. He has a change of heart and on Tuesday decides to show up for his test. “Sorry pal, you missed your appointment and are down as a refusal and a positive”, says the Lab tech.

The driver is immediately removed from his safety sensitive position and referred to a SAP (Substance Abuse Professional) for further evaluation. The average cost of this process is around $600. After this the employee is required to pass a Return to Duty test, and must take at least 6 follow up tests in the following 12 months. Oooooops! The employee could have missed his appointment for any number of reasons. The point the employee must be aware of the consequences of his/her actions, and the employer must educate to that end.

COMPLIANCE ALLIANCE INC. virtually eliminates all types of self -inflicted errors. We are committed to partnering with you to meet compliance through efficiency and education to make sure employees and employers are on the same page moving in the same direction……compliance.

APPOINTMENTS – Fastest and most cost-effective.

There is nothing worse than going for a drug test and having to wait, seemingly forever, because everyone showed up at the same time.
Our records show that making and meeting appointment dates and times is the most cost-effective way to handle your testing requirements. The obvious benefit is that both the tester and the one being tested spend the least amount of time in the process so that both can get on with other tasks.
If it is possible, make appointments at the earliest opportunity. Compliance Associates Inc. stands ready to assist you and guarantees the least amount of lost time. Call (530) 241-2099.

The Snowman – A Distant Traveler

Every so often it is good to take a break from the daily grind, and take note of things that are truly phenomenal that are constantly occurring without our even slightest suspicion.
2I/Borisov, a 3,000 Ft. wide chunk of ice and dust, has decided to have a romp through our solar system, during his multimillion-year (possibly Billion-year) trek from his home somewhere where it is minus 420 degrees Fahrenheit, and loaded with cosmic dust and  toxic carbon dioxide. People who look for these kinds of things, including the Hubble Telescope photo (above right), somehow know this from looking at him from a gazillion miles away. How they do it, they won’t say.

Compared to 4.6 Billion-year-old Mother Earth the Snowman is a youngster. An upstart who is going to burn himself out in no time, or about a billion years from now, but just think of the ride he will have had.


COVID-19 Progress is one of the few graphs that show success as a downward trend. “Onwards and Downwards” is the mantra of success when it comes to viruses. “The earth’s the limit”, “Reach for the ground”, “Over the bottom”, are the cries of success these days.

The latest sign of success is that there has been great advancement in testing. Even our little part of the country with its 26 and holding cases is in the process of adding a second mobile testing station for drive-by evaluations. A clean Monday marked our fifth day of “no new cases”. Again success is a negative.

The tests, however, are looking for an upward trend, or a gain. The gain they are looking for is a gain in antibodies. Antibodies also known as an immunoglobulin is a large, Y-shapedprotien produced mainly by plasma cells that are used by the immune system to neutralize pathogens such as the COVID-19 virus. Apparently the antibodies exist in a healthy immune system. “Onward and downwards and upwards again” is our new battle cry.