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April 10, 2012

Subject: Invitation to comment on Discussion Paper DIS-12-03, Fitness for Duty: Proposals for Strengthening Alcohol and Drug Policy, Programs and Testing

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Human performance is a key contributor to nuclear power plant safety. Recognizing this, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) requires nuclear power plants to implement and maintain human performance programs.

Fitness for duty is one factor that affects human performance. An important element of being fit for duty is being free from the influence of alcohol, illicit drugs, or performance altering medication while at work.

The CNSC has released for public consultation Discussion Paper DIS-12-03, Fitness for Duty: Proposals for Strengthening Alcohol and Drug Policy, Programs and Testing. Discussion papers are used to solicit comments from the public, licensees and interested organizations early in the regulatory process.

This Discussion Paper presents the CNSC’s proposals for alcohol and drug policy, programs and testing requirements for Canada’s nuclear power plant licensees. The objective of these proposals is to strengthen existing fitness for duty requirements as they relate to substance use. Although the proposals are currently limited to nuclear power plants, the CNSC is open to receiving feedback on expanding the scope to include other licensed nuclear facilities.

The CNSC has also released INFO-0831, Recent Alcohol and Drug Workplace Policies in Canada: Considerations for the Nuclear Industry (PDF). This report was commissioned by the CNSC to help clarify both the arbitrational and court rulings related to alcohol and drug policies in Canada. Please consult the report to review the latest legal decisions surrounding alcohol and drug policies and testing in Canada as well as information on industry best practices.

To submit comments, please do so by the date noted below. Comments submitted, including names and affiliations are intended to be made public. You will not receive a formal reply to your comments.

Comment period

Start: April 10, 2012
End: August 7, 2012

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