Mandatory drug tests for B.C. construction workers

Unions, contractors ratify substance abuse testing and treatment policy
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 07/31/2009

Construction unions and contractors in British Columbia have ratified a policy that will see mandatory drug testing for the province's unionized construction workers who are involved in workplace accidents or suspected of impairment.

The Construction Labour Relations Association and the Bargaining Council of British Columbia Building Trades Unions call the substance abuse testing and treatment policy the first industry-wide agreement on substance abuse in Canada.

The policy calls for mandatory drug and alcohol testing for employees involved in workplace accidents or near misses, or when there's reasonable suspicion of on-the job impairment.