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INDEPENDENT OWNER OPERATORS
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An Independent Owner Operator is self-employed, has no employees, and owns his/her own vehicles/equipment. The DOT law requires these owner operators to be in a RANDOM pull program, whose vehicles/equipment have a specific weight, purpose, or passenger specifications. Your initial enrollment will include the cost of a Pre-employment drug test to enter the Paramex Consortium.
- Proof of enrollment - CERTIFICATE
- Enrollment Paramex ID wallet card
- DOT Owner Operator Policy - Yearly updated - FREE
- Entrance into Northern California Driver's Consortium
- Access to our 24-7 on-call response for post accidents
- Discount on all Paramex Services
- Low-cost DMV Physicals at our Chico CA office
- Collection Site Locating Service Nation Wide
- No cost for Random Drug and Alcohol Tests (collection site applicable for collector costs)
- Fast results and live answer customer service
- Secure Reporting and Paramex My Account login
YOU WILL NEED TO TAKE A PRE-EMPLOYMENT DRUG TEST TO JOIN. YOUR ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP WILL BE $175. YOU WILL RECEIVE RE-ENROLLMENT INVOICES ANNUALLY TO MAINTAIN ENROLLMENT AND COMPLIANCE.
THERE IS A FIRST TIME ENROLLMENT AND PRE-EMPLOYMENT DRUG TESTING COST OF $75.00
YOUR INITIAL COST WILL BE
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You are recognized as a Company by hiring employees to drive or operate your company or personally owned equipment/vehicles for you. Your company now has the responsibility to maintain the drug testing program and safety for all DOT safety sensitive employees working under your Company Policy. It is important to educate your employees in your Policy.
1. Our company is in many locations, does Paramex have other test sites?
Paramex' home office is in Chico CA. The same as all C-TPAs, we use collection sites in other locations to facilitate our clients. Many TPAs promise service in any location, but rely on the services of local clinics and offices like ours to make this possible. Paramex strongly suggests that your company pays the collection sites directly for the drug tests they perform. Often TPAs will guarantee that payment is not required at collection sites for your convenience, and in turn, will raise the true costs of the service and send it back to you - the client. Knowing the exact collection costs at the sites allows you to see the true value and recognize that prices are not being inflated to line our pockets for the job done at the clinic in your area. Traditionally, TPAs bill their clients 45% higher than the actual cost of the collection. Paramex does not do this but rather asks clients in other locations to assume the cost of using the local clinic for the collection.
2. How often does Paramex Select Randoms?
We have several consortiums specific to the different modes or needs of a company. Companies with larger employee bases can also select to have a private consortium that tests at set percentages. All of our consortiums meet DOT guidelines and most test on a quarterly basis.
3. When do we have to renew our membership?
Membership for companies is due each year by December 31st for the following year. Independent Owner Operators have memberships that are annual based on the month they enroll. Renewal Invoices will be sent to the address on file a month in advance of your membership expiration.
4. How much of our account details do we have access to online?
Paramex has a website login that can be accessed at the top right of our web pages. Shared documents such as results and certificates are shared in this secure environment. As I am sure all would agree, the internet has an ever growing threat of cyber attacks and hackers. For this reason, we limit what we share on computers and do not allow payments to be made online.
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