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Liaison: the latest news from CCOHS

Liaison: the latest news from CCOHS
September 2018 | Français

Get Ready for Cannabis with Impairment Resources

We often think of impairment as a result of substance use or an addiction or dependence to alcohol or drugs, whether legal or illegal. However, impairment can be the result of any number of issues, from fatigue to medical conditions, to traumatic shock and life events. Regardless of the source, impairment at work can affect our ability to do our jobs safely.

The legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada on October 17, 2018, has heightened the focus on issues regarding impairment in the workplace. Get ready with a number of resources from CCOHS.

Cannabis and Impairment in the Workplace: Causes of Impairment, Impacts of impairment, Impairment policy tips for employers


This infographic outlines its effects, what employers and workers need to know, and the key elements of an impairment policy.

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Newly updated, this third edition refers to general allowances under legalization, legal driving limits, and where jurisdiction-specific occupational health and safety legislation exists (as of June 2018). It also offers guidance on how to respond to and report suspected impairment, and includes a new sample report form.


This one-hour online course focuses on impairment and the steps a workplace can take to address this issue, using cannabis as an example.


In this episode, CCOHS Senior Technical Specialist Jan Chappel explains what should be covered in an impairment policy and how employers should respond if they suspect someone is impaired in their workplace.

All CCOHS resources on impairment | Cannabis in Canada website

Keep Healthy for the Long Haul

Truck drivers in Canada work in unique conditions – from irregular schedules to long hours, to little physical activity, to unpredictable weather – which present numerous health and safety challenges.

Employers can help to ease stress and fatigue, encourage healthy habits, and prevent the aches, pains and injuries that can come from prolonged sitting. Truckers, too, can make adjustments to their physical environment and take steps to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Share these new handy information cards so that the truckers at your workplace can keep moving and stay healthy for the long haul.

Learn more | Resources on driving from CCOHS

2019 Youth Video contest: Focus on Safety

2019 Youth Video contest: Focus on Safety

CCOHS Forum: Registration Now Open

CCOHS Forum 2019. March 5-6. Winnipeg, MB

The stage is set for March 5-6, 2019 in Winnipeg, Manitoba where CCOHS’ sixth Forum will deliver two days of inspiration, innovations and discussion featuring an exciting roster of world-class speakers.

Building on the theme of The Changing World of Work, CCOHS Forum is a unique national event that will bring together leaders, change-makers, and subject experts representing government, labour, and workplaces to share their knowledge and experience around current and emerging health and safety issues.

Register now at the early bird rate of $595. A student rate is also available.

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Legislative Changes at Your Fingertips

Need to keep track of the changes occurring across Canadian health, safety and environmental legislation? Compiled by legislative specialists using credible sources, the Canadian enviroOSH Legislation Service’s Monthly Report summarizes for each jurisdiction:

  • Legislation in progress/proposed
  • Amendments to legislation
  • Repealed legislation
  • New documents
  • Standards information

This report is included with a subscription to CCOHS’ Canadian enviroOSH Legislation Service.

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Improved Access to Online Courses

CCOHS is changing the way we make e-courses available. Going forward, all new and newly updated e-courses released by CCOHS will be in HTML5 and HTML5-accessible formats only. Over the coming months, we will be removing the Flash versions of our e-courses, in preparation for Adobe’s plan to discontinue Flash technology by the end of 2020. The HTML versions of our courses are accessible on computers, tablets and smartphones, and the HTML5-accessible versions meet federal government accessibility requirements.

See all CCOHS courses