The legalization of recreational cannabis has brought forth the potential issue of workplace impairment and employees being fit for work. Workers who are unfit or unable to carry out their work safely due to impairment introduce a hazard to the workplace, themselves, and others.
The University of Waterloo (the “University”) is accountable to create a safe environment for employees, students and members of the public. This duty includes ensuring there is no use of illegal substances in the workplace or misuse of drugs or alcohol before or during work hours that may impair an employee’s ability to perform their work functions responsibly. To that end, the University's Fit For Work Guideline sets out the expectation that all employees report fit for work, and summarizes the University’s commitment to assist and accommodate employees who seek supportive rehabilitation for substance abuse.
Review the University's Fit For Work Guideline and Toolkit on Impairment and Workplace Health & Safety for more information.