Employee supervisor at Nine Mile Point fails fitness for duty test

An employee supervisor at the Nine Mile Point nuclear power plant confirmed positive for alcohol during a for-cause fitness for duty test.  The licensee terminated the employee’s unescorted access.

Fitness for duty tests are administered either randomly, in a lottery-style system where “winners” get to report to the medical office for testing, or for-cause, which are administrated after supervisors note aberrant behaviors and order follow-up testing to ensure compliance.  Aberrant behaviors cover a wide range of actions from staggering, making simple mistakes (such as turning the wrong switch), acting belligerent or out of character, among a multitude of overall deviations from normal behavior for the individual.

Source: NRC Event Notifications

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