Another Govt. Ministry considers drug testing at work

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) supports the move to have government employees undergo drug testing. 

“For the safety of staff, we have to support such a move. This is all for safety reasons and we can’t go against that,” said MNRE Chief Executive Officer, Ulu Bismark Crawley, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer. 

This week, the Electrical Power Corporation CEO, Tologata Tile Tuimaleali’ifano, revealed that they are looking at April to enforce the random drug testing.

“Safety is paramount and drug testing for EPC employees should be mandatory. And we anticipate submitting this for Cabinet approval by next month.

“This is long overdue and our staff have been instructed to consult with the Health Services and the SROS (Scientific Research Organization of Samoa) whether they are able to conduct the drug testing locally."

For MNRE, safety and security are paramount.

“The Public Service Commission has guidelines for drug free working environment and there is nothing stopping us from going the extra mile and implementing this as a policy to reassure the Ministry if drug free.

“The MNRE is under PSC and I’m sure they will consider this avenue."

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