We’re looking for a clear and comprehensive drug and alcohol sample policy for an Ontario workplace, that includes the issue of legalized cannabis use (coming into effect Oct. 17, 2018). Thanks.
This is where being an OHSI member pays off since everything you need is right on the site. Here’s what to do.
|Editor’s Note: The following instructions and referenced Model Policies will work for those of you who already have a drug policy and want to vet it for legalization—not just in Ontario but any part of Canada.|
Step 1: Base the anti-drug use prohibition section of your policy on the OHSI Fitness for Duty Policy. https://ohsinsider.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Fitness-For-Duty-Substance-Abuse-Ontario.pdf Explanation: Bans on drug use shouldn’t be based on laws (especially after legalization), morality or even zero tolerance but on fitness for duty.
Step 2: Since you’ll need a legally sound testing policy to enforce your fitness for duty policy, you can patch in the OHSI Model Testing Policy at the end of your policy. https://ohsinsider.com/tools/model-drug-alcohol-testing-policy
Step 3: As you merge these OHSI Models into a single policy, just be sure to make whatever adjustments are necessary to adapt to your own workplace and situation, e.g., any applicable collective agreements.