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SAFETY UPDATE

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WORKSAFEBC NEWS RELEASE

WORKSAFEBC RAISING
AWARENESS ABOUT
IMPAIRMENT IN THE
WORKPLACE

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"Impairment in the workplace
isn't a new issue in B.C., but it's
become top of mind as cannabis
becomes legal for recreational use,"
said Tom Brocklehurst, Director of
Prevention Practices and Quality for
WorkSafeBC. "We're reaching out
to employers and workers to remind
them that they share responsibility
for managing impairment in
the workplace."
Under current occupational
health and safety regulations,
employers must:
* Not allow a worker who is impaired
by alcohol, drugs (including
cannabis) or any other substance
to perform work activities that
could endanger the worker or
anyone else.
* Not allow a worker to remain
at any workplace while the
worker's ability to work safely is
impaired by alcohol, drugs or any
other substance.
Employers also need to
make workers aware of their
responsibilities, including:
* Making sure that their ability to
work safely is not impaired by
alcohol, drugs or other causes.
This means showing up fit to work
and remaining so throughout the
work day.
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orkSafeBC is
launching an
awareness campaign
to educate employers and
workers about impairment in
the workplace following the
legalization of recreational
cannabis in October 2018.

* Not working if their impairment
may endanger them, or
anyone else.
* Notifying their supervisor if their
ability to work safely is impaired for
any reason.
"The legalization of recreational
cannabis provides a good
opportunity for employers and
workers to be reminded about
workplace-safety policies and
practices," said Harry Bains, Minister
of Labour and minister responsible
for WorkSafeBC. "Every worker has
the right to go home, safe and sound,
at the end of their shift."
WorkSafeBC is advising employers
to develop policies and procedures
that address impairment in the
workplace. To assist, WorkSafeBC
has created a guide for managing
workplace impairment and
developing a policy. The need for
an impairment policy is even more
relevant with the legalization of
recreational cannabis.

"An impairment policy that takes a
fit-to-work approach to impairment
can help employers meet their
workplace-safety obligations," said
Brocklehurst. "It's also very important
that employers clearly communicate
their impairment policy to workers."
WorkSafeBC's awareness campaign
includes online educational materials
and radio ads in major markets across
the province, including Kamloops,
Kelowna, Prince George, Vancouver/
Lower Mainland and Victoria. Radio ads
in Vancouver will include Cantonese,
Mandarin and Punjabi languages.
WorkSafeBC is an independent
provincial statutory agency governed
by a board of directors appointed
by the provincial government. The
organization serves approximately
2.4 million workers and 238,000
employers throughout British Columbia.
In administering the Workers
Compensation Act, the organization is
accountable to the public through the
provincial government. 
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