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This online course offers one of the most extensive employer training programs in Canada for Cannabis and Workplace Safety training in the workplace. You will learn the regulations governing Cannabis in the workplace and will receive clear direction on how to manage this challenging topic in your workplace.

The legalization of cannabis (marijuana) has created unforeseen challenges in the workplace, especially in safety sensitive environments. For you to safely manage Cannabis in your workplace you need to learn how to balance the duty to accommodate with the responsibility to maintain a safe work environment.

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Course Outline – Cannabis and Workplace Safety

  • The impact of the legalization of marijuana in the workplace
  • Physical and mental health safety hazards
  • Workplace rights, responsibilities and legalities
  • Workplace best practices, policies and training
  • Employees and the work refusals
  • Cannabis, Reasonable Suspicion, Workplace Topics
  • Cannabis (marijuana) and workplace safety
  • Workplace responsibilities, rights, obligations & accommodation
  • Identify safety hazards

Course Duration – Cannabis and Workplace Safety

Approximately 60 minutes

Course Assessment

Testing conducted in this online Cannabis and Workplace Safety training course is designed to reinforce the information presented. A final mark of 80% must be achieved to receive a certificate of completion. Participants are able to repeat the course two additional times if the 80% pass mark is not achieved.

Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of this Cannabis and Workplace Safety training course, a certificate of completion will be available to download and print.

Click here for a general video about Cannabis and Workplace Safety

Visit the Government of Canada website to learn more about the legalization and regulation of Marijuana.

Workplace impairment

An impaired worker may have difficulty safely completing their work and may put themselves, coworkers or the general public in danger.

There are many causes of impairment. Fatigue, medical conditions, alcohol, cannabis, street drugs, certain medications.


Everyone plays an important role in workplace health and safety. Both Employers and employees should prevent the risk of cannabis impairment at work and should adhere to the following employer and employee responsibilities in federally regulated workplaces. For businesses or industries regulated by the province or territory, please refer to provincial and territorial governments.

Employers’ responsibilities:

Employers must:

  • ensure the safety and well being of all employees at work
  • have a plan for physical or psychological hazards in their workplace, including impairement
  • work with health and safety committees to design, implement and have ongoing evaluations to monitor and prevent hazards
  • include policies on substance use and impairment when the use of cannabis and other causes of impairment represents a hazard.

Employees’ duties:

Employees must:

  • work safely
  • understand the impact that using substances (medical/therapeutic or non-medical) can have on their safety and their co-workers
  • notify their employer any issue that is likely to be hazardous to the employees or any other person in the workplace
  • notify their employer if a medical condition or treatment may cause impairment and impact their ability to perform their job safely
  • ensure to follow all instructions provided by their employer regarding the health and safety of employees

Duty to accommodate

Under the Canadian Human Rights Act, employers have the obligation to accommodate to the point of undue hardship an employee who has identified as having a disease, injury or disability, including substance dependence and medical authorizations to use cannabis for medical purposes.

For more information on how to accommodate substance dependence, please read the Canadian Human Rights Commission’s guide Impaired at Work – A guide to accommodating substance dependence.

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