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Workplace Wellness Committee presents - Cannabis and the Workplace

This page was reviewed or revised on Thursday, November 2, 2017 9:25 AM

Sarnia, ON - Cannabis use is a hot-button issue and with the proposed July 2018 legalization date quickly approaching, now is the time employers should be planning to manage potential implications and impact from cannabis use in the workplace.

Cannabis use, or any substance use, while on the job can impact everyone that worker encounters – colleagues, supervisors, owners, clients and customers.

"Impairment can negatively impact productivity and be a serious health and safety issue," says Martina Jackson, chair of the Sarnia-Lambton Workplace Wellness Committee and Health Promoter with Lambton Public Health. "The time and resources needed to manage employees can be significant so planning and creating policy to properly manage the presence of cannabis use in the workplace is crucial."

Join Lambton Public Health Tuesday, November 21, for the Cannabis and the Workplace workshop at The Dante Club, 1330 London Road, Sarnia (LOCATION CHANGE). The event begins at 7:30 a.m. with registration and continental breakfast. Presentations begin at 8 a.m. Cost is $49 per person. Advance registration is required. Visit http://bit.do/cannabisworkplace to register.

Guest speakers, Dr. Tony George, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and head of the Addictions Division at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health CAMH, along with Susan J. Houston, a Sarnia-based employment lawyer with Mathews, Dinsdale and Clark LLP, will offer their medical and legal perspective on Cannabis and the workplace.

The half-day workshop offers an understanding of substance use disorders and workplace implications as well as an overview of potential legal issues as Canada embarks on a new frontier.

The goal of the Workplace Wellness Committee is to educate and empower employers and employees on issues that impact the workplace and provide practical solutions to make Lambton County workplaces safer, more productive and improve the overall health of our local workforce.

For more information, contact Lambton Public Health at 519-344-2062 ext. 2111 or 1-800-387-2882.

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Please contact:

Martina Jackson
Health Promoter
County of Lambton
519-344-2057 ext. 2162
martina.jackson@county-lambton.on.ca