The Updated COAA Canadian Model And Drug Testing In Canada

The Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA) recently published version 5.0 of their “Canadian Model”, The Canadian Model For Providing a Safe Workplace: Drug and Alcohol Guidelines And Work Rule v5.0. This version features a welcome increase in both clarity and readability, and a number of sections have been overhauled, including a much-improved section outlining … Continued

Why You Need Class III Medical Devices

A medical device must be licensed for a particular purpose by Health Canada before it can be sold in Canada. Depending on the risks associated with that device’s use, a device would be licensed by Health Canada as Class I, II, III, or IV following the Medical Devices Regulations under the Food and Drugs Act, … Continued

Top 10 Adulterants — And How to Catch Them

Despite its name, there is a lot more to drug testing than just testing for drugs. Was the sample diluted? Was anything added to the sample? Was the sample even urine? Without the right adulterant screen, a set of tests that determine whether a sample was altered or substituted, even Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) tests … Continued

Medical Marijuana and Workplace Drug Testing

Until recently, medical marijuana licenses were so rare that companies didn’t have to think twice about a zero-tolerance marijuana policy. As of April 1st, however, access to the drug became easier as Canadians no longer need a license from Health Canada to obtain medical marijuana. Instead, under the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations, a doctor or … Continued