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Fitness for Duty & Substance Abuse Policy

BENEFITS

Workplace substance abuse remains a major challenge for OHS managers. Although sound in principle, the traditional zero tolerance policy is ill-suited to the legal complexities of the modern world. This is especially true now that Canada is on the verge of legalizing marijuana. You can still take a clear and firm line on worker drug and alcohol abuse for the purpose of health and safety. But the policy also has to exhibit finesse and sensitivity to legal subtleties. One of the best ways to create an enforceable policy is to base it not on the morality or even legality of substance abuse but the indisputable fact that it renders workers unfit for duty to the detriment of safety.

HOW TO USE THIS TOOL

Here’s a Model Fitness for Duty Policy that you can adapt. (You may want to use the province-specific version of this Policy instead if you’re from Alberta, BC, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Québec or federally-regulated.)

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Word – BC Fitness For Duty & Substance Abuse Policy      PDF – BC Fitness For Duty & Substance Abuse Policy

Word – Nova Scotia Fitness For Duty & Substance Abuse Policy      PDF – Nova Scotia Fitness For Duty & Substance Abuse Policy

Word – Ontario Fitness For Duty & Substance Abuse Policy      PDF – Ontario Fitness For Duty & Substance Abuse Policy

Word – Quebec Fitness For Duty & Substance Abuse Policy      PDF – Quebec Fitness For Duty & Substance Abuse Policy

Word – Federal Fitness For Duty & Substance Abuse Policy      PDF – Federal Fitness For Duty & Substance Abuse Policy