News briefs (August 12, 2002)

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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/05/2002

DRUG TESTING CAN’T BE JUSTIFIED

Ottawa

— Federal and federally regulated employers should not conduct random drug testing of employees, the Canadian Human Rights Commission has ruled. Unlike breathalyzers that test for alcohol impairment, drug testing can’t measure impairment at the time of the test (it only detects past use), and therefore random drug testing, even in safety-sensitive positions can not be justified. “It would appear that if an employer seeks to introduce random drug testing into the workplace, it will only be successful if there is drug-testing technology that can demonstrate a current state of impairment,” states the new policy.