OHS Opioids and the Workplace

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  ALIGN, AFPA and Alberta Children Services ALIGN, AFPA and Alberta Children Services

The Role of Caregivers in Assessing and Managing Risk Related to Opioid Use – A Tip Sheet
As a caregiver you are the closest person to the day-to-day activities of a child or youth who may be using opioids. You have a key role on the team who together ensure the tasks in the above diagram occur, plans are implemented and reviewed as circumstances change. The tip sheet is going out to all the members as agencies have all types of caregivers providing service to children, youth and families. Specific Caregiver Training has also be developed and will be piloted for the fist time at the Alberta Foster Parent Conference this coming weekend. Once feedback is incorporated into the training the manual will be made available for all to use. I will keep you posted as information becomes available. In the meantime please give the TIP Sheet the widest distribution. Questions can be directed to Cathym@alignab.ca

 Alberta Government OHS Alberta Government OHS

Alberta Government on Opioids

Alberta Health Resource How to Spot an Opioid Overdose If you’re using drugs, or are with someone who is using, these are the signs and symptoms to watch out for. If they happen, don’t leave things to chance, call 911 immediately. Canada’s new Good Samaritan law can protect you. For step by step instructions on what to do in the event you suspect someone is overdosing, watch Ask a Paramedic if you have a naloxone kit follow the SAVE ME steps and instructions below

New Opioid Crisis Supports for Indigenous People
A provincial grant to Native Friendship Centres is supporting the hiring of four navigators to connect people with life-saving treatment, harm reduction and culturally sensitive wraparound services. Navigators have been hired in Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge and Grande Prairie with the support of the $400,000 grant. Workshops, naloxone training sessions and educational material will also be provided to staff at Friendship Centres in 21 communities throughout the province. These new tools will support greater substance-use awareness and prevention and strengthen access to culturally appropriate services for Indigenous people...

Occupation Safety The Safety Standard
Video - Opioids in the Workplace

Alberta.ca Naloxone in the Workplace
This document provides guidance to Alberta employers to help ensure the protection of workers in an emergency when naloxone is used in the workplace. Workers should also be aware of naloxone and the health and safety factors when used in the workplace. THE HAZARDS: What are the hazards of naloxone administration? Employers should be aware of health and safety factors when they choose to provide naloxone kits to workers who act in response to fentanyl or other opioid poisoning/overdose in the workplace.

AMH - Video - Listen and Learn, May 2015 - Fentanyl Awareness This episode of the Listen and Learn series discusses fentanyl, its impact in Alberta, emergency interventions, and prevention/harm reduction strategies.

Alberta.ca Protection of workers from synthetic opioid exposure : OHS information for employers

Alberta Government Release May 31, 2017 The province has established a dedicated emergency commission to help ramp up Alberta’s ability to respond to the opioid crisis.
The province has established a dedicated emergency commission to help ramp up Alberta’s ability to respond to the opioid crisis. The Minister’s Opioid Emergency Response Commission was created with a new regulation under the Public Health Act. The commission’s mandate is to implement urgent coordinated actions to address this public health crisis...

College of Physicians tells members to report youth who use fentanyl to Children's Services Edmonton Journal May 13, 2017

lice, firefighters and paramedics, and to members of the public Min Dhariwal · CBC News Feb 8, 2017

Province Expands Naloxone Program, Adds Treatment Spaces February 7, 2017
Alberta firefighters have greater access to lifesaving naloxone kits now that all first responders can administer naloxone by injection.

berta Implementing New Tools to Address Overdoses/Deaths Related to Fentanyl and Opioids Fall 2016

29th Legislature, 2nd Session (2016) Bill 205: Pharmacy and Drug (Pharmaceutical Equipment Control) Amendment Act, 2016

Opioids and Substance of Misuse Fourth Quarter Report (pdf)

Responding to Alberta’s Opioid Crisis Public Progress Report (pdf)

Protection of workers from synthetic opioid exposure : OHS information for employers

View List of Alberta Government OHS Related Websites

Alberta Pharmaceutical Nurse Supports Alberta Pharmaceutical Nurse Supports

Jeffrey Cheng has begun in his role as Pharmaceutical Nurse Consultant. Jeff’s role is in partnership between AACSF, CFS, and CASA. He can begin to receive referrals immediately from CFS Managers, Foster Parent Agency Managers and Group Care Managers. Jeff will primarily be located at the HSBC Building in Edmonton. He is available during regular business hours Monday through Friday and can be reached by phone at (780) 644-3303, by cell at (780) 221-2523, or via e-mail at jcheng@casaservices.org. Should you wish to communicate with Jeff about any nursing matters, please just be aware not to send any private identifying information through e-mail. Matters that might be of interest to consult with Jeff about:
• Any questions relating to medication, and specifically with regard to psychotropic
medications
• Queries and clarification needs about medication as it relates to a diagnosis
• Desired information on Mental Health and/or Addictions treatment and/or
diagnosis
• Questions relating to various diagnosis such as ADHD, Anxiety, Oppositional
Defiant Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, PTSD, Tourette’s Disorder,
Depression, Mood related diagnosis, FASD, etc.
• Desired hard copy and/or electronic Mental Health and Addiction resources for
children, youth, and families

Albertas Workers Health Centre Albertas Workers Health Centre

Resources for Workplace Accommodations

Duty To Accommodate in the Workplace Alberta Human Rights Commission Bulletin pdf

Medical Information Bulletin
How much medical information do you need to provide your employer? This explanation and forms from the Alberta Human Rights Commission will help you obtaining proper medical information to use for return to work situations.

Benefits Canada Benefits Canada

Managing the growing risk of opioid addictions
Stan was addicted to opioids long before the condition manifested itself into issues at work. Eventually, he became irritable and had missed so much work that he was close to being disciplined or terminated. Finally, Stan hit a brick wall, called into work suicidal and asked for help. His employer was able to get him into a program with Homewood Health Centre where he went through medically supervised detoxification to come off pills and simultaneously entered into treatment for the addiction and underlying PTSD issues. Stan was off work for several months on short-term-disability and was able to return to his job after treatment. What would have been the outcome if Stan hadn’t disclosed his situation and asked for help? What if there had been an “early detection system” that could have identified his addiction?

Cannabis Information and Support Cannabis Information and Support

Sample HR scripts for tough conversations
Sometimes, even if you have a thorough workplace drug policy, actually implementing the various aspects of the policy can be quite daunting. In particular, approaching an employee you suspect of using drugs can not only seem challenging and confronting, but can leave you open to your own performance issues if not done correctly. It is important to remember that you can’t always directly accuse or talk to an employee about drug use, even if you suspect it. Your conversations should centre more on the employee’s performance, any deficiencies and how they can improve. Remember to also point out your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) if you have one. The following are some sample scripts that might help guide you if you suspect drug use and need to approach an employee.

CCSS CCSS

CCSA Launches ‘Best Practices across the Continuum of Care for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder’ This report, developed to inform Health Canada’s Federal, Provincial and Territorial Treatment Task Group, outlines the standard of service that should implemented to provide person-centred care to all people experiencing harms from opioids. The report includes a summary of actions taking place across Canada at multiple levels of government to help.

CDC CDC

CDC Fentanyl: Preventing Occupational Exposure to Emergency Responders
The risks associated with fentanyl and its analogs highlight the need for first responders to perform a risk assessment on each crime scene and follow established work practices appropriate for the specific job tasking along with wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) to effectively manage risks that may cause an exposure. Established work practices are written policies and procedures, as well as tactics and techniques, used when fentanyl may be present to minimize the risk of exposure. This DEA website highlights the importance of adhering to established policies and procedures:

Centre for Disease Control Centre for Disease Control

Disease Control Fentanyl: Preventing Occupational Exposure to Emergency Responders The risks associated with fentanyl and its analogs highlight the need for first responders to perform a risk assessment on each crime scene and follow established work practices appropriate for the specific job tasking along with wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) to effectively manage risks that may cause an exposure. Established work practices are written policies and procedures, as well as tactics and techniques, used when fentanyl may be present to minimize the risk of exposure. This DEA website highlights the importance of adhering to established policies and procedures: DEA Issues Carfentanil Warning to Police and Public Dangerous opioid 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl

Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

Substance Use in the Workplace
The fact that some people use substances such as alcohol or illicit drugs, or that some people misuse prescription drugs is not new. The awareness that the use and abuse of substances may affect the workplace just as the workplace may affect how a person uses substances is, however, increasing in acceptance. Many aspects of the workplace require alertness, and accurate and quick reflexes. An impairment to these qualities can cause incidents, and interfere with the accuracy and efficiency of work. This document will discuss issues such as how problematic substance use may affect the workplace, possible costs to an organization, and how an organization can address such issues.

CTV CTV

Workplace substance-use policies would help Canadians: report
Not enough companies have comprehensive substance-use policies and those that provide them offer inadequate measures to help struggling employees, the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction says in a report aimed at bringing awareness to workplace practices before marijuana is legalized this summer. Loss of productivity, absenteeism and increased costs are just some of the outcomes of unaddressed substance-use issues, says the report based on a review of about 800 companies, 35 publicly available policies, interviews with a dozen experts on their company policies and responses to an online survey...

DriverCheck Inc. DriverCheck Inc.

Fentanyl, the New OxyContin: A Problem for Safety Sensitive Workplaces?
It’s a popular and more potent substitute for the now defunct OxyContin. Yet only in rare or special circumstances are workplaces testing for Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid readily available through legitimate and false prescriptions, as well as on the stree

How to Manage Workplace Safety Issues Around Medical Marijuana
Medical marijuana became more easily accessible in April when the rules around who can authorize the drug changed in Canada. Clinics specializing in writing medical marijuana prescriptions are going up in Toronto, and others are planned for Edmonton, Calgary, and Halifax. This has many employers trying to prepare themselves for the expected influx of authorized users and the workplace safety issues that will come with it. To help you with this, we have some suggestions on how to minimize the risks.

EHS Today EHS Today

Opioids in the Workplace
Employers that provide assistance to workers affected by drug abuse have a lower turnover rate. There are five key components to an effective substance abuse program: written policy, effective and accurate drug testing, employee education, supervisor training and an employee assistance program. A strong written policy should come with a clear, written verbage on expectations and behaviors that violate the policy, what substances are included in testing and the consequences of abuse. “Don’t just grab a policy from the internet and implement it,” Gomsak said

Fentanyl Safety Fentanyl Safety

Fentanyl Safety for First Responders Website
The status and trends of the illicit drug trade, which includes Fentanyl, Fentanyl analogues and other potent synthetic opioids and analgesics in Canada are ever evolving. The intention of this site is to provide first responders with accurate safety information related to situations where opioids may be involved.

Fentanyl Safety for First Responders Fentanyl Safety for First Responders

Fentanyl Safety for First Responders
The status and trends of the illicit drug trade, which includes Fentanyl, Fentanyl analogues and other potent synthetic opioids and analgesics in Canada are ever evolving. The intention of this site is to provide first responders with accurate safety information related to situations where opioids may be involved.

HRD Canada HRD Canada

When are you allowed to drug test an employee?
Cannabis could well become a regular feature in Canadian workplaces in the near future. With this new world of legalization comes anxiety over inebriation and safety risks – with many leaders asking when they can drug test employees.

On-Demand Video Webinar Cannabis in the workplace - a guide for HR professionals

Idea Streamer Idea Streamer

Opioid Crisis Causing Some Employers To Rethink Their Drug Policies
If that hasn't crossed your mind, consider this: according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 50 percent of those who reported abusing pain medication also said they have a full-time job, while an additional 15 percent said they work part-time. That reality has some employers rethinking their approach to drug use in their workforce.

Lancaster House Lancaster House

The Opioid Crisis at Work: Protecting employees, supporting first responders, accommodating addiction
For employers and unions, the opioid crisis raises safety and accommodation issues related to the following: opioid abuse, a greater risk of accidental exposure in the workplace, and the potential for psychological harm to employees as a result of witnessing an overdose or its aftermath

Mission of Hope Mission of Hope

Sample/Example of Employment/Volunteer Policy: Drugs & Alcohol

Remember you cannot just copy another policy - your policy must reflect your agencies position so draw from examples but don't copy without adjustments.

Monster Monster

Opioid Addiction at Work: What Employers Need to Know
You can’t go more than few days without a major headline about opioid addiction and the massive toll it has taken on families, communities and our society. What is less discussed is that opioid addiction at work is also a serious concern for employers.

National Post National Post

Workplace substance-use policies would help Canadians and employers: report
Loss of productivity, absenteeism and increased costs are just some of the outcomes of unaddressed substance-use issues

National Safety Council National Safety Council

The proactive role employers can take: OPIOIDS IN THE WORKPLACE
Companies and organizations of all sizes have an important role promoting the health and safety of employees and managing risks in the workplace. Employers who have strong workplace policies, education, health benet programs and well-trained managers create safe and healthy environments in which both employees and business thrive.

Begin addressing prescription drug use in your organization Rx Employer Kit Free Employer Kit

Occupational Safety Occupational Safety

Workers at risk for accidental exposure to fentanyl
Accidental workplace exposure can occur through skin absorption, needlestick, first aid

Online Learning Enterprises Inc Online Learning Enterprises Inc

Online Learning Enterprises Inc. Substance Abuse Training
Substance abuse threatens the well-being of workers and the organization. People who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol are more likely to injure themselves or others at work and to perform poorly on their jobs. It is important Substance Abuse training is provided to ensure the well-being of all workers.

Society for Human Resource Management Society for Human Resource Management

As Opioid Epidemic Rages, Worksite Policies Overlook Prescribed Drugs
"Most drug addictions today don't begin on the street; they start in a doctor's office with legal, valid prescriptions," said Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, a nonprofit chartered by Congress. "Employers must understand that the most dangerously misused drug today may be sitting in employees' medicine cabinets. Even when they are taken as prescribed, prescription drugs such as opioids can impair workers and create hazards on the job." Most employers have a drug-free workplace policy directed at illegal drugs, along with an alcohol abuse policy, but most don't have a prescription drug policy in place, Hersman said during a press briefing. Meanwhile, "misuse has grown rapidly, and employers have struggled to keep pace."

Sure Hire Sure Hire

Prescription Opioid Use in Safety Sensitive Environments: Three ways to Mitigate Risk
This presentation provides a human rights perspective on substance dependence in the workplace, and an overview of the Canadian Human Rights Commission’s new guide for employers to workplace accommodation. Substance Dependence is a disability protected by human rights legislation that has many serious consequences—for individuals, families, communities—and also the workplace. When an employee is dependent on drugs or alcohol, employers have an obligation to accommodate and support their recovery and must balance this obligation with ensuring a safe workplace. The Canadian Human Rights Commission’s new guide to accommodation provides employers with step-by-step guidance on accommodating substance dependence in the workplace and ensuring a safe workplace for all. This presentation provides an overview of the guide.

The Lawyer's Daily The Lawyer's Daily

Employer liability for employees who drive while impaired by alcohol, cannabis
The fact patterns in this regard can be divided into three general categories. The first is where the employee is intoxicated while driving as part of his working duties. The second is where the employee is intoxicated while driving to or returning from work. And the third and most concerning is where the employee becomes intoxicated at a work-related event, for example a company party where alcohol is freely available. We also wish to express some concerns arising from the pending legalization of recreational marijuana and its potential impacts on employees where driving an automobile is concerned. We will approach these concerns initially from the standpoint of alcohol consumption...

The Prevention Conversation The Prevention Conversation

Trauma Informed Practice & The Opioid Crisis, A Discussion Guide For Health Care And Social Service Providers
This resource focuses on addressing one facet of the opioid crisis in Canada. Research has shown that the vast majority of individuals who struggle with opioid misuse and addiction have current or past experiences of trauma and violence. Those experiences of trauma and violence are often gendered, in that women, men, trans and gender diverse people have different kinds of experiences. Trauma-informed practice is an approach to care that integrates an understanding of trauma into all levels of care, system engagement, workforce development, organizational policy and cross-sectoral collaborations.

Workable Workable

Substance abuse company policy template
This Substance Abuse Company Policy template is ready to be tailored to your company’s needs and should be considered a starting point for setting up your employment policies.