Cannabis Does Not Belong at Work

Coming to work under the influence of cannabis (marijuana, weed, pot) is the same as coming to work drunk. If you come to work impaired – whether by fatigue, use of drugs, or consumption of alcohol – it can have serious consequences.

Being impaired at work is a hazard.

It can affect your ability to focus, make decisions, follow instructions, and handle equipment and tools. Being impaired at work risks the lives of yourself and your co-workers.

Impairment affects your ability to do your job.

Your company likely has an impairment policy in place. Make sure that you understand what this policy is and what the consequences are for coming to work impaired. Being impaired at work is a hazard and impacts your job performance and productivity.

Need more information?

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has published a white paper highlighting the implications associated with the use of cannabis (marijuana) for therapeutic and recreational purposes. It includes information for employers and workers, as well as for others interested in workplace health and safety.

Topics covered include how to:

  • Address the potential for impairment as part of a hazard assessment
  • Establish a concise policy and program on the use of any substance that can cause impairment
  • Determine the actions the workplace can take regarding impairment
  • Implement accommodation practices where necessary, including therapeutic needs and substance dependence
  • Create a supportive, healthy and safe workplace

To download a copy of this white paper, visit the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety website.