Around Town: Impairment in the workplace
WorkSafeBC is launching an awareness campaign and guide to educate employers and workers about impairment in the workplace. Impairment in the workplace isn’t a new issue in BC, but it’s become top of mind as cannabis becomes legal for recreational use.
Under current occupational health and safety regulations, employers must not allow a worker who is impaired for any reason — alcohol, drugs (including cannabis), or any other substance — to perform work activities that could endanger the worker or anyone else; and not allow a worker to remain at any workplace while the worker’s ability is impaired.
WorkSafeBC is advising employers to develop policies and procedures that address impairment in the workplace. To assist, WorkSafeBC has created a guide for managing workplace impairment and developing a policy. The need for an impairment policy is even more relevant with the legalization of recreational cannabis.
An impairment policy that takes a fit-to-work approach to impairment can help employers meet their workplace-safety obligations. For access to resources, including the guide, visit www.worksafebc.com and search ‘impairment’.
Except from WorksafeBC press release
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