Cannabis legalization: Is your mill ready?
Oct. 11, 2018 – Cannabis is set to be legalized for recreational use as of Oct. 17, 2018. For many employers still struggling with how to accommodate employees who have been prescribed cannabis for medicinal purposes, this will create new challenges and questions. How do you define impairment and fitness for work? What types of tasks are safety sensitive?
“If you’re an employer, it’s reasonable to be worried,” said Dan Demers, senior manager, strategic business development for CannAmm Occupational Testing Services. “There are a lot of unknowns and a lot at stake.”
Five things you need to know
What to do
Mindful of the need for action, the CEO Health + Safety Leadership Network recently held a panel discussion about the steps and strategies leaders should take to mitigate risk in their organizations. Established through the efforts of WSPS in 2014, the CEO Health + Safety Leadership Network is a distinguished group of leaders who share a commitment to building sustainable businesses and communities in order to optimize organizational health and safety performance.
Here is a sampling of insights from the discussion, captured in “Marijuana in the Workplace: Conversations About the Impact on Employers and Employees,” a white paper published by WSPS. You can download a free copy here. Participants agreed that understanding all of the nuances of this issue will take time and experience.
What employers need to know
Basic principles when dealing with cannabis in the workplace
How to move your organization forward
Your workplace will benefit by:
As the pulp and paper industry continues to focus on critical priorities such as production, optimization and cost, new challenges such as the legalization of recreational cannabis provide an opportunity to create competitive advantages by revisiting the organization’s culture. Impairment, whether due to drugs (prescribed or illicit), alcohol or fatigue serves as a reminder to revisit or build appropriate policies.
How WSPS can help
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) is the largest health & safety association in Ontario. A leader in providing impactful risk management solutions, WSPS offers unparalleled health and safety expertise, insight and solutions.
This article originally appeared in the Fall 2018 issue of Pulp & Paper Canada.