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