When most people think about impairment, the use and effects of alcohol, cannabis, or other drugs likely comes to mind. While these may be the most obvious sources, impairment can be caused by any substance or event that results in a lack of concentration, the inability to do a task, or the inability to make decisions. Examples can include bullying, life stresses, unresolved conflicts, and fatigue.
Because impairment is just like any other hazard that may affect the health and safety of workers, the employer must address impairment from all possible sources as part of their health and safety program. As a worker, it’s important for you to be able to recognize the signs of impairment in yourself and others, and to learn about your organization’s policies and procedures to help make sure that everyone is treated fairly and has a safe place to work.
- Defining impairment
- Effects of alcohol, cannabis, and other drugs
- Other causes of impairment
- Workplace policies and procedures
- Responsibilities and steps to take
- Understanding human rights
The course was developed by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).