The legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada on October 17 2018 has heightened the focus on issues regarding impairment in the workplace. When workers are impaired, whether by drugs, medication or alcohol, it can have serious consequences.
The Public Service Commission’s new Drug, Alcohol and Medication policy clearly outlines expectations and guidelines for employers and employees concerning the use, misuse and abuse of drugs, alcohol or medications to ensure safety, quality and productivity in the workplace.
Directors, Managers and Supervisors are responsible for being fully informed of the provisions of this policy and ensuring staff are also informed and are aware if their position has been deemed safety-sensitive. It is important that management be knowledgeable about recognizing the signs and symptoms of impairment or potential abuse problems.
Each employee is responsible for reading, understanding and complying with the standards and responsibilities in the policy.
The health and safety of government employees and the public is at the forefront of this new policy and we thank you for taking the time to read and comply.