Substance Use Policies

In preparation for cannabis legalization, workplaces should consider reviewing their substance use policies.

Cannabis is the most commonly found substance in workplace drug testing. With upcoming legalization, rates of cannabis use may increase. Substance use in the workplace can lead to:

  • Absenteeism or not being ‘mentally present’
  • Cognitive impairments
  • Chronic diseases
  • Injuries and accidents
  • Fatalities

(Source: CCSA presentation and webinar

The following are some aspects that should be considered when developing a substance use workplace policy:

  • Alcohol/cannabis & illegal drugs
  • Prescriptions (includes medical cannabis)
  • Screening/testing procedures
  • Termination procedures
  • Non-compliance procedures
  • Treatment/support
  • Return-to-work program and monitoring
  • Accommodation

(Source: CCSA presentation and webinar)

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