OHS Insider Month in Review – January 2018: Federal
LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Drugs & Alcohol
Jan. 20: Public consultations on the federal cannabis legalization plan come to an end. Parts of Bill C-45 affecting workplace safety:
- Amending Non-smokers’ Health Act to ban smoking and vaping in federally regulated places
- Government authority to adopt regulations on cannabis use in workplace
- Higher penalties for drug offences
- Government power to inspect and issue tickets for violations.
Dec. 19: Some of the more interesting findings of Health Canada’s newly released Survey on cannabis use by Canadians:
- 39% of reported cannabis users say they’ve driven within 2 hours of use
- Smoking remains the preferred form of consumption at 94%, followed by food (34%), vape pen (20%) and vaporizer (14%)
- 18% of consumers say they use it daily while 55% reported use of 3 days or less per month.
Jan. 27: That’s the deadline to comment on a Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission proposal on nuclear emergency recovery requirements. Although aimed primarily at the government sector, the proposed regulations would also have implications for private sector companies and workplaces.
Dec. 20: Ottawa sent a message to the provinces and territories: Adopt the federal carbon pricing system in your jurisdiction by March 30, 2018 or give us your own implementation plan by Sept. 1. ‘And if the jurisdiction exercises neither option? The federal system will take effect by default on Jan. 1, 2019. One way or the other, carbon pricing across the country will be standardized at $20 per tonne.