Implications for workplace safety from legalization of marijuana use

September 30, 2016
Written by Staff
Calgary – Mark Salkeld, President and CEO of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC), released a copy of the letter that Enform, the industry’s Safety and Training arm funded by the six Canadian upstream oil and gas industry trade Associations, submitted to the Task Force on Marijuana Legalization, Regulation and Restriction.

The Task Force was appointed by the federal government to “seek input on the design of a new system to legalize, strictly regulate and restrict access to marijuana.”  The advice of the Task Force will be considered by the Government of Canada as the new framework is developed.

Mr. Salkeld noted that the PSAC membership has significant legislative obligations to ensure the safety of its workers and the obligations to maintain a safe work environment are set out in the Occupational Health and Safety Acts of all of the provincial jurisdictions in which PSAC members operate.

The Association is concerned that the legalization of marijuana will have an adverse impact on workplace safety and on an employer’s ability to ensure a safe work environment.

Together with the other industry Associations, PSAC has asked for the opportunity to make a formal submission to the Task Force.

The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is the national trade association representing the service, supply and manufacturing sectors within the upstream petroleum industry. As the voice of the sector, PSAC advocates for its members to enable the continued innovation, technological advancement and in-the-field experience they supply to Canada’s energy explorers and producers, helping to increase efficiency, improve safety and protect the environment. PSAC member companies represent a significant portion of the business volume generated in the oil and gas services industry.

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