he Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) could be one step closer to becoming the first regulator in the country to make random drug and alcohol testing mandatory for workers with high-risk jobs.
It’s proposing that a small percentage of workers with a direct impact on public safety at nuclear plants would have to hand over samples.
The Canadian Nuclear Worker’s Council (CNWC), the organization which represents unionised workers in the nuclear industry, opposes the idea, saying it violates worker privacy and human rights.
“We keep pushing back,” said Bob Walker, the council’s executive board chair. “To require somebody to give bodily fluids is very intrusive.
“The state can’t do that without a compelling reason and there is no compelling reason. There’s no reason at all.”