Exxon Valdez Changed Game On Drug, Alcohol Testing

Push to test employees in safety-sensitive positions still making its way through the Canadian system. Dan Scott, of Seveny Scott Lawyers in Edmonton, who has acted for labor unions, says he believes big oil companies will continue to bring in new drug testing policies, even if they could face sanctions from human-rights tribunals. The reason, he suggests, is simple: The penalties they face for violating an employee’s human rights pale in comparison with the millions of dollars in fines or cleanup costs after a major accident.