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Online Marijuana at Work Reasonable Suspicion & Cannabis Awareness Training

Cannabis @ Work: Employee Training

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Cannabis & the Workplace: Employee Overview / Rights and Responsibilities (20 min)

After the completion of this course, you will:


  • Understand how laws have changed with regard to recreational cannabis at work, through 2018
  • Know about the Occupational Health Drug and Alcohol Policy  
  • Be explained key terms surrounding workplace safety and cannabis use  
  • Understand what cannabis awareness training means in the context of impairment and work
  • Understand the difference between recreational and medical marijuana at work 
  • Know rights and responsibilities that apply to employers, employees, and contractors as they pertain to cannabis
  • Know when driving is considered a work task 
  • Learn best practices for remaining alert and responding to impairment situations 

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Cannabis and the Workplace: Impairment Awareness for Employees (30 min)

After the completion of this course, you will:


  • Understand impairment and how it can affect the workplace 
  • Learn some common alcohol and drug related terms 
  • Know the differences in medicinal and recreational cannabis when it comes to impairment 
  • Understand what awareness means in the context of impairment and work. 
  • Be shown some of the telltale signs of drug and alcohol abuse
  • Understand the importance of ensuring driving is always done unimpaired. 
  • Know when driving is considered a work task
  • Learn best practices for remaining alert to recreational cannabis at work and responding to impairment situations 
  • Be explained some reporting procedures for medical marijuana at work
  • Understand the right to refuse unsafe work

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Helpful Resource: Government of Canada - Workplace Impairment Questions and Answers

Online Training: Fit for Duty - The Basics

Fit for Duty - The Basics Course is designed to give Employers, Managers, Supervisors, Employees, Contractors, and anyone else working in the field of safety an overview of the Fit For Duty work model and an understanding of why being Fit For Duty is essential while at work. 

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CCOHS Whitepaper: Workplace Strategies - Risk of Impairment from Cannabis

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Cannabis @ Work: Management Training

Cannabis & the Workplace: Cannabis Awareness for Employers and Leaders (20 min)

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 After the completion of this course, you will:


  • Know what cannabis is .
  • Understand the difference between hemp, marijuana, and cannabis.
  • Know what CBD and THC are, and what they do
  • Understand the different types of cannabis and their effects. 
  • Understand the occupational health affects on the body. 
  • Be explained some medical cannabis treatments and uses. 
  • Know how cannabis is used or consumed. 

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Cannabis & the Workplace: Disclosure and Accommodation (20 min)

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 After the completion of this course, you will:


  • Know how disclosure and accommodation relate to workplace safety and medicinal use of cannabis.
  • Understand disclosure, what it should include, best practices, and rights and responsibilities.
  • Know the limits of occupational health accommodation.
  • Be shown some of the more common types of accommodation. 
  • Understand rights and responsibilities as they relate to accommodation. 
  • Be shown a recommended accommodation process (Based on " Duty to  Accommodate: A General Process For Managers" by the Government of  Canada).

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Cannabis and the Workplace: Employer Overview / Rights and Responsibilities (20 min)

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After the completion of this course, you will have learned:


  • Understand how laws have changed with regard to cannabis through 2018 
  • Understand the difference between recreational and medicinal cannabis use 
  • Be explained key terms surrounding workplace safety and cannabis use
  • Know how to ensure due diligence by updating workplace Drug and  Alcohol Policy to adequately consider and reflect changes to cannabis  laws 
  • Know the rights and responsibilities of employers, managers,  supervisors, and employees, as they relate to cannabis and the workplace  
  • Have a basic understanding of the legislation that governs these rights and responsibilities
  • Know the importance of confidentiality and occupational health record-keeping 
  • Know when and why to test for impairment 
  • Get some post-incident testing tips and timelines 
  • Know when and why to use drug testing for reasonable cause 
  • Be briefly introduced to disclosure and the duty to accommodate

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Cannabis & the Workplace: Impairment Awareness for Employers (45 min)

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After the completion of this course, you will:


  • Understand what impairment is, and impairment awareness language
  • Be shown details on cannabis, alcohol, and other drugs, and how they affect users 
  • Be explained best practices for maintaining high impairment awareness on worksites 
  • Review information on impaired driving 
  • Understand how to react to situations of impairment 
  • Understand the process for documenting reasonable cause and triggering testing 
  • Know the importance of confidentiality and record-keeping 
  • Know when and why to test for impairment 
  • Get some post-incident testing tips and timelines 
  • Know when and why to use drug testing for reasonable cause 
  • Understand how testing can happen 
  • Know who is responsible for testing 
  • Be reminded of the importance of policy updates and explained which updates should be prioritized 

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Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) defines Safety-Sensitive Position

A safety-sensitive position as one which “if not performed in a safe manner, can cause direct and significant damage to property, and/or injury to the employee, others around them, the public and/or the immediate environment”. 

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Questions to ask the physician and employee once prescribed

Will the employee be using medicinal marijuana before, during, or after work, and does this impair?

Have all other forms of conventional medication been explored before prescribing this?

What is the nature of the work the employee is doing?

Is there anything else that would be as or more effective  that wouldn't be as harmful to others?

What is the duration of use?

Occupational Health Department needs to know the dosage of medicinal marijuana. 

Reasonable Suspicion Training

Reasonable Suspicion and Managing Impairment for Supervisors (90 min)

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This online Reasonable Suspicion and Managing Impairment for Supervisors course covers the following topics:


  • An introduction to the topic
  • Employer and employee obligations
  • The characteristics of the modern workforce and how this impacts substance use trends
  • Facts on medical and recreational cannabis use in Canada
  • Tips for reviewing, updating and implementing your drug and alcohol policy
  • Tips on when to use drug testing and why
  • How to document reasonable suspicion and trigger testing
  • Post-incident testing tips and timelines
  • Tips on accommodating prescription drug use

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Reasonable Suspicion and Managing Impairment for Employees (30 min)

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This online Reasonable Suspicion training and Managing Impairment for Employees course covers the following topics:


  • The characteristics of the modern workforce and how this impacts substance use trends
  • What to be aware of in your company occupational health & safety drug and alcohol policy
  • When drug and alcohol testing is used and why
  • How to document reasonable suspicion
  • Signs and symptoms of drugs and alcohol use
  • Tips on accommodating prescription drug use

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Reasonable Suspicion in the Workplace: Identity, Documentation, & Address (30 min)

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This Reasonable Suspicion training course is designed to teach employees how to:


  • Identify the core purpose of reasonable suspicion
  • Identify potential safety risks, discovery, observation, and prevention of potentially hazardous situations
  • Document and assess signs of impairment
  • Address the employee and the possibility of refusal


Reasonable Suspicion Course Topics

This online course covers the following topics:


  • Identifying occupational health & safety risks
  • Documenting and assessing
  • Addressing the employee
  • And more

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Canadian Human Rights Commission: Impaired at Work - A guide to accommodating substance dependence

Main Ideas for Employers to Consider

Safety-Sensitive Positions

If your job is classified, you won't be able to do it if you have a Medical Marijuana License

Accommodation for the Worker

Only up to undue hardship, and if there's no position, there may be no job available.

Safety Trumps Medicine

Employers have a duty to provide a safe workplace for all other employees, and cannot afford to put their occupational health at risk

CEO WHITEPAPER: Marijuana in the Workplace

A whitepaper by the CEO Health + Safety Leadership Network detailing conversations about the impact on occupational health for employers and employees

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Cannabis & Workplace Safety (60 min)

This course will teach learners how to:

  • Identify and address physical and mental health safety hazards
  • Identify workplace rights and responsibilities for the changing legal landscape including reasonable suspicion training
  • Identify challenges including workplace best practices, policies and Cannabis Awareness training
  • Address the employee and the possibility of refusal

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Managing Medical Marijuana in the Workplace (90 min)

Topics include the regulations governing medical cannabis, and provides direction to manage the occupational health of workers. 





The history of medical marijuana in Canada

The regulatory framework for medical marijuana 

Case law on medical marijuana in the workplace 

The employer’s duty to accommodate medical marijuana and their duty to maintain a safe work environment

Different forms of accommodation 

How to apply an effective workplace policy on medical marijuana

The effects of marijuana legalization on the workplace 

Cannabis Awareness Training for Employees (15 min)

When marijuana was legalized in the USA, many employees mistakenly thought it was acceptable to use cannabis before or during work. Employees inappropriately compared it to tobacco and felt they could possess it at work and smoke it on their break. 





In Canada, it is important to understand the occupational health and safety issues regarding cannabis possession and use in the workplace, including applicable laws and rules, testing rights, and the implications and consequences of impairment.

CEO WHITEPAPER: Making the Connection

A whitepaper by the CEO Health + Safety Leadership Network detailing the link between how our brain functions and health and safety in the workplace.

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