Actions to raise addictions awareness, reduce stigma and save lives
An amendment made to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) in April 2022 is one step closer to enforcement.
Effective June 1, 2023, workplaces at risk of a worker opioid overdose will be required to have at least one naloxone kit available onsite and have staff trained in its use, as per the Occupational Health and Safety Act amendment introduced in April 2022 (Sec. 25.2).
An associated regulation, Naloxone Kits (O. Reg. 559/22) also comes into effect, which prescribes the contents of a naloxone kit, and sets out additional requirements related to the provision and maintenance of naloxone kits.
Once the legislative requirement is in effect, Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development’s inspectors will take an education-first approach to enforcement.
A new Naloxone in the Workplace Program has been established to support initial compliance.
Under this program eligible employers can:
The MLITSD will be partnering with two (2) program providers to help deliver the Workplace Naloxone Program:
WSPS currently does not offer naloxone related training.