Myth: With legalization, there is nothing an organization can do to ensure worker safety around cannabis.
Fact: By focusing on impairment, your company policies can set limits on the use of medical and recreational marijuana in the workplace.
How to move your organization forward:
1. Update your Impairment Policy / Procedures
If you do not have an Impairment policy in place, you need one. If you already have one, you need to make sure it is up to date and current reflecting the changes to legalization of recreational cannabis. Without an up-to-date policy and associated procedures, you can’t enforce the rules you don’t have in place. That omission could place you in a position of potential costly legal issues.
2. Train your Supervisors & Employees
With an updated policy in place, ensure you train your staff. It is important that they are educated on employee and employer rights and responsibilities, what is acceptable and what is not, as well as the company’s duty to accommodate and impairment awareness. It is important, especially for you and your senior leaders, to know about both medical vs recreational marijuana, THC vs CBD, effects on the body, new laws and impairment related to cannabis use. Get informed.
3. Incorporate a Prevention & Awareness Campaign
Now that you have updated your policies and procedures and initiated a training program, the next step is to activate a Prevention & Awareness campaign so that you can remind your employees the importance of maintaining a safe and healthy workplace. This also allows you to emphasize the fact that being Fit For Duty / Fit To Work is expected and required every single day.