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Suncor Announces Random Testing
Suncor Announces Random Testing

Suncor Announces Random Testing

News Red Slashes Dec 7, 2018
By: CannAmm Admin

Beginning in the first quarter of 2019, Suncor will begin random alcohol and drug testing of employees working in the RMWB who are in safety-sensitive or specified positions, in accordance with their Random Testing Standard. This will apply to contractors as well as Suncor employees.

All contractors who deploy workers to Suncor’s sites in the RMWB are not only required to have an alcohol and drug policy, but are also required to have a random alcohol and drug testing program in place that meets or exceeds Suncor’s Random Testing Standard or the the Canadian Model for Providing a Safe Workplace including random alcohol and drug testing.

While there are details that are yet to be confirmed, here is a starting point to help you prepare.

Getting Prepared

In order to prepare, CannAmm is recommending that contractors:

 

  • Notify affected employees
    • Canadian Model (4.6.1) “In the event a lawful random alcohol and drug testing program is to be adopted by an employer, a written notice shall be delivered to each employee and a written notice shall be provided to any bargaining agent of affected employees of the implementation of random alcohol and drug testing at least 30 days prior to implementation of that program at the work site.”
    • Or notice within the parameters of a collective bargaining agreement
  • Review of Drug and Alcohol Policy
    • Ensure policy defines ‘safety sensitive’
    • Be sure that your policy includes an offer to accommodate self-disclosure and that this offer is communicated to employees
    • Your policy includes all workers that are going to Suncor in Wood Buffalo region
    • Define testing protocols that will be used

CannAmm has the tools and experience to assist you to comply with this standard. Contact your CannAmm representative in order to set up your random program.

Questions and Answers

When does this take effect?

The first quarter of 2019. An exact date has not been announced.

Do random tests need to be performed on-site?

Exact details have not been released but based on past experience we expect that random tests will not need to be performed on site. If this proves to be the case, tests could be performed on-site or at a CannAmm collection site. The test must be performed before the next random draw.

Will mobile testing be available for random draws?

At this time we do not expect mobile testing to be available on site.

Do random tests need to be oral fluid or urine based?

Random tests will need to meet or exceed the Suncor policy standard or the Canadian Model for a Safe Workplace. There are provisions for both oral fluid (lab based only) and urine within these standards. Your CannAmm representative will help you determine this with your set up.

Do the random tests have to be lab based or can they be POCT?

The test type must meet or exceed Suncor’s Random Testing Standard or the the Canadian Model for Providing a Safe Workplace including random alcohol and drug testing. CannAmm can perform all qualifying test types. Your CannAmm representative will help you determine the best test type for your situation.

Is the worker permitted to go to work while their test is being processed?

Yes, there is no reasonable suspicion that they are in violation, and no indication that they are not safe, so they may go back to work.  If the test comes back positive, the worker would then be pulled from duty and the SAP/SAE process would need to commence.

What is the participation rate of the program? How many workers can I expect to test?

We expect the participation rate of the program to be 50%. CannAmm can easily adjust this for clients. Once an employee has been selected and tested, their name will be immediately returned to the pool. This means you can expect half your workers annually on average. Due to the random generation of the draws, you may experience more or less tests. Individual employees may be selected on multiple occasions as well.

Random Pools. Do I have to create my own?

Depending on the number of employees you have that will be in a random program you can either own your own pool or join a consortium pool. Your CannAmm representative will help you determine this with your set up.

How can I add and remove employees to our random program?

Employees can easily be added and removed within CannAmm’s Program Administrator’s Website (PAWS). Your CannAmm representative will support you with this upon your set up.

What system generates who gets picked?

CanTrak, CannAmm’s enterprise result management system includes a proprietary random pool management system. It selects individuals for testing from a pool of potentials using approved algorithms.

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