Toronto Transit Commission Receives Award for their Drug Testing Programme

In acknowledgement of the employee drug and alcohol policy it implemented on May 8th of this year, the TTC has been awarded the Ontario Safety League’s Award of Excellence for Public Safety. Ontario Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca presented the annual award to TTC’s Chief Safety Officer, John O’Grady, on September 21st to recognize the TTC’s efforts to ensure safety measures for employees who perform in safety-sensitive positions.

As TTC CEO Andy Byford says, “I remain hopeful that random testing for all safety sensitive positions in the transit and transportation industries will soon be the norm and not the exception. I want to recognize and thank all those who worked to make the TTC the first public transit agency in Canada to adopt random testing.”

“I want to recognize and thank all those who worked to make the TTC the first public transit agency in Canada to adopt random testing.
TTC CEO Andy Byford

As part of its Fitness for Duty policy, random testing is an integral part of the TTC’s commitment to protecting the safety of its employees and the public. The TTC uses fluid testing strips as well as breathalyzers to test its workers for drug and alcohol impairment in the workplace. Since implementing the random drug and alcohol testing policy, the TTC has tested 1,000 of its 10,000 employees, with 21 positive results.

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