Canada Border Services Agency

Canada Border Services Agency

April 27, 2017 19:22 ET

Léo-Blanchette Postal Facility Opioid Exposure

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 27, 2017) - Canada Border Services Agency

Proactive Statement from the CBSA:

Yesterday evening, there was an incident involving Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer working at a Canada Post's Léo-Blanchette Postal Facility in Montreal, QC. The border services officer was hospitalized as a result of exposure to an opioid contained in a package the officer was examining. The officer and their family request privacy at this time. We wish the officer well in their recovery.

In accordance with the Canada Labour Code, a Hazardous Occurrence Investigation is being conducted locally by the CBSA. Any recommendations stemming from this investigation would be implemented nationally. The CBSA will also continue to collaborate with Canada Post and Health Canada on a review of the matter and will be taking actions, as required. More details will be shared, as appropriate, when they are known.

CBSA officers are trained to assess risks associated with people and goods attempting to enter Canada to ensure the country's safety and security. All international mail items are presented by the Canada Post Corporation to the CBSA to process through the Agency's Postal Program.

The health and safety of its employees is paramount to the CBSA. Like any law enforcement activity, there are inherent risks, but we mitigate these risks with protocols and training to protect our officers. To this end, safe handling procedures and controls are in place, including personal protective equipment to prevent accidental exposure. Moreover, given the pace at which these risks evolve, the Agency continuously works with its partners to examine the adequacy of processes, equipment and operational controls on an ongoing basis to ensure the safety and security of its employees.

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