Management of impairment in the workplace
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This is the first edition of CSA Z1008, Management of impairment in the workplace.
To facilitate its use and adoption, this Standard is aligned with the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) continual improvement model found in occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMS) such as CSA Z45001. This Standard is also aligned with the principles and best practices specified in all other publications under CSA Group’s Z1000 suite of standards.
CSA Z1008.1, Implementation Guideline for CSA Z1008 Management of impairment in the workplace, with a focus on impairment due to substance use, was developed as a companion document to provide small, medium, and large Canadian organizations with advice on how to best apply this Standard, with a focus on impairment due to substance use.
Production of this Standard has been made possible through a financial contribution from Health Canada. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.
This Standard was developed by CSA Group with funding support provided by the Canadian Association of Administrators of Labour Law — Occupational Safety and Health (CAALL-OSH), including Provincial and Territorial Governments, as well as the Government of Canada. CSA Group is solely responsible for the content of this Standard, and CSA Group and the funding bodies disclaim any liability in connection with the use of the information contained herein.
This Standard has been developed in compliance with Standards Council of Canada requirements for National Standards of Canada. It has been published as a National Standard of Canada by CSA Group.
This Standard specifies requirements for management of impairment in the workplace while providing specific requirements and guidance for impairment due to substance use, following occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) principles, as they apply to
a) development of a management of impairment in the workplace policy;
b) management commitment and leadership;
c) key roles and responsibilities;
d) participation and consultation of workers;
e) communication, education, and training;
f) initial review and needs assessment;
g) hazard identification in the context of impairment in the workplace;
h) risk assessment;
i) risk control;
j) reviewing control measures;
k) stay at work/return to work;
m) compliance to the policy and related program; and
n) monitoring, evaluation, and continual improvement.
This Standard does not specifically address
a) workplace disability management systems (see CSA Z1011);
b) workplace fatigue management;
c) prevention programs for environmental hazards or other factors that can cause impairment, such as ergonomics, confined space entry, noise, or extreme weather (see CSA Z1004, CSA Z1006, CSA Z1007, and CSA Z1010);
d) diagnosing a substance use disorder;
e) specific workplace substance testing procedures;
f) applicable human rights legislation;
g) applicable OHS legal requirements; and
h) all aspects of mental health.
In this Standard, shall is used to express a requirement, i.e., a provision that the user is obliged to satisfy in order to comply with the Standard; should is used to express a recommendation or that which is advised but not required; and may is used to express an option or that which is permissible within the limits of the Standard.
Notes accompanying clauses do not include requirements or alternative requirements; the purpose of a note accompanying a clause is to separate from the text explanatory or informative material.
Notes to tables and figures are considered part of the table or figure and may be written as requirements.
Annexes are designated normative (mandatory) or informative (non-mandatory) to define their application.
1.4 Units of measurement
The values given in SI units are the units of record for the purposes of this Standard. The values given in parentheses are for information and comparison only.
Navigating and implementing requirements for management of impairment in the workplace
Consists of CSA Z1005:21, Workplace incident investigation and CSA Z1005.1, Implementation Guideline for CSA Z1005, Workplace incident investigation
(formation en ligne)
Implementation Guideline for CSA Z1008, Management of impairment in the workplace, with a focus on impairment due to substance use
Work disability management system
Occupational health and safety management
Psychological health and safety in the workplace - Prevention, promotion, and guidance to staged implementation