Online Course Addresses Impairment in the Workplace 

News Release

For Immediate Release

January 23, 2018 – Hamilton, ON – Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

When workers are impaired on the job, whether by fatigue, use of drugs, or consumption of alcohol, it can have serious consequences. To help workplaces take steps to address the issue of impairment, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has launched the e-course Impairment and Cannabis in the Workplace.

Using cannabis as an example, the e-course, Impairment and Cannabis in the Workplace, will provide managers and supervisors, health and safety committee members, human resources specialists, and health and safety advisors with an understanding of what impairment is, as well as its impact and causes, and the importance of having a workplace policy and corresponding procedures about impairment.

Impairment and Cannabis in the Workplace is available on the CCOHS website:


“When impairment affects workplace safety or one’s health, it becomes an issue that should be managed as a potential workplace hazard. It’s important that we understand what impairment looks like, and how to address impairment related issues when they arise in the workplace.”

-  Gareth Jones, Vice President, Operations at the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

Quick Facts

  • The use of cannabis as a therapeutic treatment has been legal in Canada as of 2001, and the sale and use of recreational cannabis will become legal in Canada, with a target date of on or before July 1, 2018.

  • CCOHS courses are unique in that they are developed by subject specialists in the field, and reviewed by representatives from labour, employers, and government to ensure the content and approach are unbiased and credible.

  • All of CCOHS’ e-learning courses are available in English and French.

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For More Information (Media Only):

Jennifer Howse
Communications Specialist
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)
(905) 572-2981, Ext. 4241

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