Please join us for our next chapter meeting on January 18th 2018.
This month, Jeff Pajot will be discussing medical marijuana in the workplace.
Medical Marijuana in the Workplace
Medical Marijuana/Cannabis (MM) is a new and evolving workplace issue. In June 2013, the
Government of Canada implemented the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations
(MMPR). This Regulation authorized physicians to prescribe MM for treatment of conditions
like chronic pain, anxiety, neuropathic pain, epilepsy, spasticity, HIV, MS, cancer drug-induced
nausea, PTSD etc. Only licensed Health Canada approved producers can supply MM/Cannabis.
The implications for the workplace include accommodation for medical disability balanced with
cognitive and physical impairment after a “treatment”. Working with dangerous
equipment/activities (e.g. driving) while impaired, is clearly a major health & safety hazard.
Furthermore, other employees need to be protected from second-hand smoke from MM.
Confidentiality, drug-testing and security issues will also be addressed. Employers need to
educate themselves and staff on this issue and develop health and safety policies for MM, in
conjunction with their Joint Health and Safety Committee.
Jeff is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and Certified Ergonomist (CCPE)
with 30 years of experience. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology
at the University of Waterloo, specializing in Ergonomics. He joined the Public Services
Health and Safety Association in 2007.
Jeff worked as an Ergonomist for Canada Post, and then joined the WCB/WSIB where he
was an Ergonomics Specialist for nine years. He also operated a private health and safety
and ergonomics consulting business for several years, and then joined the health safety
associations working in prevention. Jeff has gained experience in a wide variety of
industries and specializes in Municipal Government Health and Safety.
He has taught ergonomics and occupational health and safety courses at Algonquin
College for many years. Jeff completed his certificate in Occupational Health and Safety
at Algonquin College in 2007.
He is a member of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists (ACE) and past president of
the Ontario Region of ACE. Jeff is the co-founder and former co-chair of the Ottawa
Ergonomics Group. Jeff is currently co-chair of the Peterborough chapter of the “Health
and Safety System Partners of Eastern Ontario (HSSPEO)”
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