Are you ready for legalized marijuana use?

CCOHS white paper helps you prepare for issues related to impairment in the workplace.

July 12, 2017   by PLANT STAFF

Marijuana is heading for legalization in 2018.

HAMILTON — Manufacturers contending with workplace issues related to medical use of marijuana will soon face the legalization of cannabis for recreational purposes (target date July 1, 2018).

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has published a white paper to help workplaces prepare for the impact this new legislation may have on workplace safety.

“The key issue is impairment. It’s important we understand the impact it can have on safety and be able to respond effectively,” said Gareth Jones, president and CEO at the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS),

Workplace Strategies: Risk of Impairment from Cannabis offers guidance (in English and French) on how to:

• address the potential for impairment as part of a hazard assessment;

• establish a concise policy and program on the use of any substance that can cause impairment;

• determine the actions the workplace will take regarding impairment;

• implement accommodation practices where necessary (including for therapeutic needs, and substance dependence); and

• create a supportive, healthy and safe workplace.

CCOHS, based in Hamilton, is a federal department corporation and national resource for the advancement of workplace health and safety.


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