The Demographic Crisis in Safety
It is often heard – “Complacency is the greatest threat to safety in the workplace.” Couldn’t agree more. However, as safety professionals who preach this, it may be time to take a close look in the mirror to ensure we are walking the walk and not just paying it lip service.
Fantastic Information Session on Cannabis Legalization & Workplace Safety Held at NSCC
Congratulations to the Nova Scotia Health and Safety Leadership Charter, Stewart McKelvey and East Coast Mobile Medical for a fantastic information session on cannabis legalization and workplace safety - and, a special thank you for the mention of our online course; Safety Culture: Marijuana & the Workplace.
With So Many Unknowns Around Marijuana, What's the Point in Providing Training?
Becoming discouraged in the face of all the unknowns accompanying the legalization of cannabis is not criminal. However, making the decision to do nothing or being perceived as not doing enough could be.
Marijuana & the Workplace: Responsibilities
Employers are obligated to protect the health and safety of everyone at or near the workplace. They must ensure workplace hazards that could threaten the safety of workers and visitors are identified and managed. This is a big responsibility.
Identifying & Addressing Safety Hazards Related to Cannabis Use
Safety means keeping yourself and others free from harm or danger. Hazards are threats to your safety – they can cause harm or injury. As cannabis has varying effects on the brain and body which can impact work performance, we must make efforts to identify and address the workplace safety hazards resulting from this imminent legalization.
Cannabis (Marijuana) Use & Workplace Safety Considerations
With 40% of the population having used cannabis (according to the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health), Canada has one of the highest rates of use in the world. About 2/3 of Canadians believe cannabis should be legalized.
The Legalization of Cannabis & its Impact on Your Safety Culture
The discussion is a lengthy one when listing the ways in which the legalization of cannabis will impact your workplace Safety Culture. However, one of the more interesting and important topics to consider is how the planned legalization in 2018 will create circumstances that may contradict one another without adequate preparation in your workplace.
Maybe the biggest misstep we can take in preparing for the planned legalization of recreational-use cannabis is to presume that our workplace is adequately protected by zero-tolerance policies, previously written to address alcohol intoxication, and impairment from either prescribed medicine or illicit / illegal drugs. In 2018, cannabis-derived products will not fit under any of these categories – most of all, alcohol.