May 1: Nuclear Safety Agency Proposes Random Drug Testing

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The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is proposing a fitness for duty policy on drugs and alcohol use by workers. It released a discussion paper, which outlines a three-pronged approach that would require nuclear power plants to:

  • Establish policies to prevent, detect and remediate potential alcohol and drug use
  • Introduce supportive measures to address substance abuse
  • Implement a random substance testing program for those with unescorted access to safety-sensitive areas of a nuclear power plant, with violations reported to the CNSC.