Reviewed your alcohol and drug policy recently?

So, it has been one month since recreational cannabis was legalized in Canada. What are we doing in response?

WORKSAFELY® held a workshop on Managing Impairment in the Workplace this week. This enabled participants to get a better understanding of why workplaces should respond to alcohol and drug issues in the workplace, and the importance of implementing an effective alcohol and drug policy. While the heavy construction industry has longstanding policies in place to address impairment, the legalization of cannabis has provided an opportunity for companies to pull out their alcohol and drug policies and strengthen them.

The workshop touched on the effects of alcohol and drugs in the workplace, and the potential consequences for harm to workers and others, as well as the importance of fitness for duty and how to respond when workers are impaired.

The workshop is ‘hands-on’ with students participating in case studies and role playing; it also provided a great opportunity for the class to network.

Have you reviewed your policy? If you need assistance with your alcohol and drug policy, please contact us.

Our next managing impairment workshop will take place in Brandon, on December 4th.  Please contact Kristen Ranson at to register. Stay tuned for future dates of more Winnipeg workshops, as well.