Cannabis and Vessel Operation/Workplace Issues
As Canada moves into a world where recreational cannabis is legalized many employers as well as workers question how these changes impact them.
If you are the skipper of a vessel, you are the ‘employer’ in the eyes of provincial WorkSafeBC legislation. What can help you when facing workplace impairment issues, whether cannabis or other substances are involved?
A useful starting point is this helpful document found on WorkSafeBC’s website: https://www.worksafebc.com/en/resources/about-us/news-and-events/backgrounders/cannabis-workplace?lang=en
This document serves as an excellent launch pad to the following important tools:
· Workplace impairment: A primer on preparing for cannabis legalization
· Workplace strategies: Risk of Impairment from Cannabis
· Guide to Managing Workplace Impairment and Developing an Impairment Policy
Likewise, Transport Canada has recently released this Ship Safety Bulletin (SSB 12/2018) that discusses the issue and vessel operation: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/bulletins-2018-12-eng.htm
Finally, Fish Safe can assist with questions or concerns you may have so please do not hesitate to reach out to us at any time.