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Impairment

Are you fit to work?

The term impairment refers to a variety of conditions and/or substances that impact a worker's normal ability to work safely.

Impairment (also known as unfit for duty/work) at any worksite can have severe consequences for not only the impaired worker, but also their co-workers, supervisor, and employer.

Impairment can come from fatigue, stress, illness, or the use of alcohol, illicit drugs, prescribed and over-the-counter medication.

Cannabis legalization: what should employers know?

Employers have always been responsible for ensuring their workers are able to perform work safely. This has not changed with the legalization of recreational cannabis.

Legislative Amendments

Safety Act and Regulations
Northwest Territories
(effective September 12, 2018)
Nunavut
(effective July 3, 2018)
Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulations English | Français Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulations English | Français
Oil and Gas Occupational Safety and Health Regulations English | Français    
Mine Health and Safety Regulations
Northwest Territories
(effective September 12, 2018)
Nunavut
(effective July 3, 2018)
Mine Health and Safety Regulations English | Français Mine Health and Safety Regulations

English | Français

 

This Code of Practice provides guidance on cannabis-specific impairment best practices, in addition to relevant links and resources.

WSCC Safety Bulletins

The term impairment refers to a variety of conditions and/or substances that impact a worker’s normal ability to work safely. Impairment can come from fatigue, stress, illness, or the use of alcohol, illicit drugs, prescribed and over-the-counter… more

Impairment (also known as unfit for duty/work) resulting from alcohol use can have severe consequences for not only the impaired worker, but also their co-workers, supervisor, and employer. Employers must ensure that all of their employees are able… more

Employers have always been responsible for ensuring their workers are able to perform work safely. This has not changed with the legalization of recreational cannabis. Impairment (also known as unfit for duty/work) due to cannabis use can have… more

Mental and/or physical exhaustion can cause fatigue and lead to unstable decision-making and poor body ergonomics. Impairment (also known as unfit for duty/work) due to fatigue at any worksite can have severe consequences for not only the… more

Individuals do not often consider prescription or over-the-counter medication as something that could affect their ability to perform their work safely. Medication and the effects of illness can greatly impact whether or not an individual is fit to… more