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OccHealthSci 2019 Fall Symposium: Substance Use and the Workplace
This Nov. 15, 2019 symposium presented the current knowledge regarding substance use (cannabis, alcohol, opioids, and other substances) and its impact on workplace safety and employee health. Visit the page for access to handouts and recorded webinars.
New Illicit Drug Tool-Kit for First Responders
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) this month released a new virtual Tool-Kit and provides resources to help keep these workers safe when arriving on scene where illicit drugs, including fentanyl, are present or suspected to be present.
NIOSH Resources related to the Opioid Crisis
This webpage, provided by NIOSH, lists resources including tools for workplaces, research on workplaces, and general resources addressing opioid usage.
Preventing Occupational Exposure to Healthcare Personnel in Hospital and Clinic Settings
llicit fentanyl and its analogues pose a potential hazard to healthcare personnel who could come into contact with these drugs in the course of their work in hospital and clinic settings. This document discusses best work practices, training and PPE to protect employees.
Workers Using Prescription Opioids and/or Benzodiazepines Can Face Safety and Health Risks
The opioid crisis that faces the nation has a great impact on workers and NIOSH has a comprehensive program to address opioids in workers. One issue of concern is workers who use prescription opioids and/or benzodiazepines for medically appropriate reasons.
Using Naloxone to Reverse Opioid Overdose in the Workplace: Information for Employers and Workers
Naloxone is a very effective drug for reversing opioid overdoses. NIOSH developed this information to help employers and workers understand the risk of opioid overdose and help them decide if they should establish a workplace naloxone availability and use program.
Workplace Strategies: Risk of Impairment from Cannabis
CCOHS has published a white paper to help address these questions and offers guidance to reducing the impact of impairment on the workplace.
Oregon OSHA Fact Sheet: Post-incident drug and alcohol testing
This fact sheet clarifies confusion that may exist about Oregon OSHA's rules prohibiting retaliating against employees for reporting work-related injuries, and employer drug testing policies.
Source: Oregon OSHA
CCOHS OSH Answers: Substance Abuse in the Workplace
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety addresses questions related to substance abuse in the workplace, including suggestions for substance abuse policies.