Pubdate: Thu, 19 Oct 2006
Source: Inuvik Drum (CN NT)
Copyright: 2006 Northern News Services
Author: Dez Loreen


Could Mean the Difference Between Big Contract and Big Losses --

Without a proper drug and alcohol policy, your company might miss out 
on some big projects in the near future.

Ed Secondiak, of ECS Safety Services, is in Inuvik this week to 
discuss the importance of drug testing and what it could mean for companies.

His trip was sponsored by the SHARE group, which was formed by 
companies that have invested in the proposed pipeline.

Secondiak used the worst case scenario of a company in the North 
losing out on jobs and projects because employees had failed drug tests.

"If the pipeline goes ahead, many local companies will be needed for 
work," he said.

"Make sure your company is compliant with the contract requirements."

He did point out Inuvik companies seem to be getting the message 
about keeping their employees clean.

"The test results are better here than in the south," he said. "That 
shows people are prepared for a safe workplace here."

During the week, Secondiak held a few sessions to inform companies of 
the procedures involved.

Alcohol testing is another option Northern firms should utilize, he said.

The testing machine resembles a breathalyser test, which gauges the 
alcohol level in someone's system by having them blow through a sensor.

Secondiak had an informal opening to his presentations on Tuesday 
morning to help relax listeners. He fielded some early questions 
about the process and how it could affect companies in the region.

Johnny Lennie is the operating manager of Kila Enterprises in Inuvik.

Lennie attended the meeting and questioned the costs involved in 
testing an entire company for drugs.

"Maybe the larger companies could afford doing that, but the smaller 
ones cannot," he said.

Secondiak said the cost of not testing might be even greater. Another 
person who wished to remain anonymous, said the testing is well 
advertised and suggested employees may just take a break from their addictions.

"People know about the testing in advance. Some people are just 
slipping by," the individual said. "They should be quick and random."

Secondiak also had plans to visit the high school to discuss the 
importance of being clean of alcohol and drugs when you enter the workforce.

"Imagine losing that job you're over qualified for, just because of a 
failed drug test," he said. "Drug testing is common with industry employment."
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