Impairment: What Workers Need to Know

Learn about your role as a worker in recognizing and responding to workplace impairment.

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When most people think about impairment, the use and effects of alcohol, cannabis, or other drugs likely comes to mind. While these may be the most obvious sources, impairment can be caused by any substance or event that results in a lack of concentration, the inability to do a task, or the inability to make decisions. Examples can include bullying, life stresses, unresolved conflicts, and fatigue.

Because impairment is just like any other hazard that may affect the health and safety of workers, the employer must address impairment from all possible sources as part of their health and safety program. As a worker, it's important for you to be able to recognize the signs of impairment in yourself and others, and to learn about your organization's policies and procedures to help make sure that everyone is treated fairly and has a safe place to work.

Topics include:

  • Defining impairment
  • Effects of alcohol, cannabis, and other drugs
  • Other causes of impairment
  • Workplace policies and procedures
  • Responsibilities and steps to take
  • Understanding human rights

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the impact of impairment
  • Understand the effects of alcohol, cannabis, and other substances or causes
  • Know the importance of having a workplace policy and corresponding procedures about impairment
  • Understand the roles of the employer, supervisor, and worker
  • Describe the role of human rights in terms of impairment

Average time to complete this course is approximately 60 minutes.

Target Audience

This course is suitable for workers in organizations of all sizes, across all industries and occupations.



Delivery Method

This course is delivered as an on-line e-learning course. All you need is a computer, access to the Internet - and you are ready to go! This e-learning course is designed to help you learn at your own pace and in your own environment at your own convenience.

Review Process

CCOHS courses are unique in that they are developed by subject specialists in the field, and reviewed by representatives from labour, employers and government to ensure the content and approach are unbiased and credible.

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