HAMILTON, ONT. — The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has launched a set of resources for employers in Canada to address substance use.
The free online resources were developed in partnership with the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum and are also intended to reduce stigma about substance use.
Online courses in a series Substance Use in the Trades include the titles Being Aware, Harm Reduction and Supporting Your Well-being, explains a release. The courses discuss how workplaces can take a harm reduction approach to substance use, what to do if there are concerns about substance use in the workplace, and strategies to improve workers’ overall well-being.
Substance Use at Work Info Sheets provide an overview of substance use in the trades, from addressing stigma, to the responsibilities of employers in challenging stigma and reducing impairment, to strategies for supporting tradespeople.
In 2023, the apprenticeship commissioned a research study called Understanding Substance Use Among Apprentices in the Skilled Trades. Some of the study’s key findings were used in the creation of the free resources.