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Drug and alcohol task force

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Abstract

Worker absenteeism due to substance abuse costs the Alberta economy approximately $720 million a year. It is estimated that 20 per cent of all drivers in fatal crashes were using alcohol, and the use of cannabis and cocaine in Alberta has more than doubled over the last 15 years. In addition, 1 in 10 Alberta workers have reported using alcohol while at work and 4 per cent have reported using alcohol 4 hours prior to coming to work during the previous 12 months. In an effort to ensure appropriate health and safety for workers in the Canadian petroleum industry, 6 trade associations in the sector have joined together as the Enform Alcohol and Drug Initiative and are now working to develop a common approach to drug and alcohol guidelines and workplace rules. The task group will determine if existing policies and guidelines are sufficient to ensure a safe workplace and will consider standardizing the testing, application and rehabilitation of workers with respect to the use of drugs and alcohol. In the past, disciplinary actions have often been reversed because employers have not been consistent or did not follow established alcohol and drug policies or test to specific standards. Various work  More>>
Authors:
Gordey, T; [1]  Sunstrum, M [2] 
  1. ConocoPhillips Canada Resources Corp., Calgary, AB (Canada)
  2. Enform, Calgary, AB (Canada)
Publication Date:
Jul 01, 2006
Product Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: The PSAC 2006 spring conference, Red Deer, AB (Canada), 11-12 Apr 2006; Related Information: In: Proceedings of the PSAC 2006 spring conference, [200] pages.
Subject:
02 PETROLEUM; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; PETROLEUM INDUSTRY; PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT; DRUG ABUSE; ECONOMIC IMPACT; DEATH; INJURIES; ACCIDENTS; RECOMMENDATIONS; TESTING; STANDARDS; ALBERTA
Sponsoring Organizations:
JuneWarren Publishing Ltd., Calgary, AB (Canada); National Oilwell Varco, Houston, TX (United States); FI Oilfield Services Canada Ltd., Edmonton, AB (Canada); Diamond International Trucks Ltd., Edmonton, AB (Canada); Lifemark Health, Calgary, AB (Canada). Columbia Health Centre; Hallmark Technical Services Ltd., Nisku, AB (Canada); Concept Controls Inc., Calgary, AB (Canada); DT Planetaries Inc., Edmonton, AB (Canada); PHH ARC Environmental Ltd., Calgary, AB (Canada); GE Energy Financial Services, Calgary, AB (Canada) (and others)
OSTI ID:
20740543
Research Organizations:
Petroleum Services Association of Canada, Calgary, AB (Canada)
Country of Origin:
Canada
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: CA0600954
Availability:
Available from the Petroleum Services Association of Canada, 1150, 800-6th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 3G3 or from the Internet at www.psac.ca
Submitting Site:
CANM
Size:
page(s) 1-9
Announcement Date:
Jun 23, 2006

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Citation Formats

Gordey, T, and Sunstrum, M. Drug and alcohol task force. Canada: N. p., 2006. Web.
Gordey, T, & Sunstrum, M. Drug and alcohol task force. Canada.
Gordey, T, and Sunstrum, M. 2006. "Drug and alcohol task force." Canada.
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abstractNote = {Worker absenteeism due to substance abuse costs the Alberta economy approximately $720 million a year. It is estimated that 20 per cent of all drivers in fatal crashes were using alcohol, and the use of cannabis and cocaine in Alberta has more than doubled over the last 15 years. In addition, 1 in 10 Alberta workers have reported using alcohol while at work and 4 per cent have reported using alcohol 4 hours prior to coming to work during the previous 12 months. In an effort to ensure appropriate health and safety for workers in the Canadian petroleum industry, 6 trade associations in the sector have joined together as the Enform Alcohol and Drug Initiative and are now working to develop a common approach to drug and alcohol guidelines and workplace rules. The task group will determine if existing policies and guidelines are sufficient to ensure a safe workplace and will consider standardizing the testing, application and rehabilitation of workers with respect to the use of drugs and alcohol. In the past, disciplinary actions have often been reversed because employers have not been consistent or did not follow established alcohol and drug policies or test to specific standards. Various work rules for inappropriate alcohol and drug use were reviewed, as well as education and communication strategies regarding policy content. Standards for testing criteria were discussed, as well as issues concerning duty-to-accommodate circumstances. An excerpt of concentration standards was presented. It was concluded that a matrix for companies to assess and determine safety sensitive positions is needed. refs., tabs., figs.}
place = {Canada}
year = {2006}
month = {Jul}
}