Managing cannabis impairment risks at work

With a referendum on the legalisation of cannabis in September 2020 now is a timely opportunity for Forum members to proactively review and assess the sufficiency of their approach to managing the risk of impairment caused by drugs and alcohol.

Impairment is a significant workplace risk. The Forum is not taking a formal position on the referendum question itself – our priority is supporting you to manage the risk of impairment, not simply one substance.

We encourage all businesses to use the cannabis debate as an opportunity to reflect, refine and refocus their current approaches to managing impairment risks at work – from cannabis, as well as other drugs and fatigue.

Listen to a brief excerpt from an Institute of Directors discussion with our Executive Director Francois Barton on how Directors and Leaders can prepare themselves for the upcoming referendum here.

We have put together a series of resources to support organisations to focus on what matters around managing the risk of impairment, for a safer and healthier workplace. These are:

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    • Cannabis use and perceptions about workplace use in Canada: The Forum speaks to the Institute of Work and Health in Canada about how cannabis use at work has changed, if at all, since legalisation in Canada in 2018.

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  • Upcoming events:

16 July 2020: Virtual session, Directors and employers duties and obligations if cannabis becomes legal in NZ. Led by Institute of Directors (IoD). More information to come.

August 2020 (Dates TBC): Webinar with Shawna Meister and Bryce Barker from the Canadian Centre for Substance Use and Addiction.