Alberta launching drug, alcohol testing initiative

2-year pilot project in oilsands, construction sectors includes random testing of employees
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/14/2012

As of Oct. 15, Suncor Energy will be randomly testing a subset of employees for drugs and alcohol. Each month, the company will test four per cent of workers who hold safety-sensitive positions in the oilsands in Wood Buffalo, Alta.

“Drug and alcohol use is an issue that affects the safety of our people and our workplace and it poses an unacceptable risk on our work site,” said Sneh Seetal, Calgary-based spokesperson for Suncor, which has 13,000 employees globally, including 5,500 based at Wood Buffalo.

“Random testing is an important part of our overall approach to safety and it’s reasonably necessary just to make sure all our workers get home safely to their families at the end of every shift.”