In the Canadian manufacturing industry, a workplace drug and alcohol policy can be a key feature of an employer’s health and safety program. Many manufacturers rely on testing to detect and deter employee impairment that might otherwise lead to accidents and injuries.
Under Canadian health and safety laws, an employer must take all reasonable steps to protect employees in the workplace. Nonetheless, workplace drug and alcohol testing must balance an employer’s goal of creating a safe workplace and an employee’s rights to privacy and to be free from discrimination. Testing rules are typically set out in an employer’s drug and alcohol policy, which should be clear about when an employee would be asked to submit to a test.
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Credit to Stephen Shore and Michael Lee for the original post.