The Construction Industry of British Columbia Substance Abuse Testing & Treatment Program Policy was developed jointly by Construction Labour Relations Association of BC and the Bargaining Council of BC Building Trades Unions.
The Policy is applicable to all union construction workers in BC, and is believed to be the only such industry-wide agreement in Canada.
The objective of the policy is to enhance safety for union workers on the job and to provide treatment and rehabilitation services for workers with substance abuse problems.
- Testing can be conducted on employees who are involved in workplace accidents or near-misses, and when there is reasonable suspicion of impairment on the job.
- Where required by clients or project owners, employees may also be subject to testing prior to starting work on a new project.
- The Policy provides for a voluntary testing option under which workers can be excused from such pre-access testing.
- The testing protocol is designed to test for current impairment only.
- The objective is to ensure sobriety on the job without prying into the private after-hours activities of workers.
- The program tests for alcohol and for a panel of common drugs including marijuana.
The Policy is administered by CDS Drug Testing Services of BC, Inc. as a Third Party Administrator (TPA) for the Drug & Alcohol Policy.
Under the Policy there is a requirement for supervisors to be trained in Reasonable Suspicion in order to require testing under the Reasonable Suspicion provisions. There is a training DVD and workbook available from CDS Services to provide this training to your supervisors. CDS has made these products available to CLR members at a reduced rate. To access the order form for these packages at this reduced rate please visit the members documents page in the members only area of the website. The Reasonable Suspicion form to record the circumstances that led to the requirement to test is Form E under the Policy Forms below.