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Agricultural Fitness for Duty – Impairment in the Workplace Basics

February 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm MST

Presented by

Dan Demers, BSc., C-SAPA CanAmm


Impairment in the workplace comes in many forms and presents genuine risks to workplace safety and the public. Agriculture has multiple challenges in addressing substance use and the safety implications; however, these challenges are not unique. Many agricultural operations are family-run or have very few employees on site. In operations with a small group of trusted staff, the hard lines on safety can blur, especially when substance use is at the
issue’s core. This session will review the critical requirements necessary to address impairment in the workplace, highlighting how other safety-sensitive industries handle these matters and the challenges that cannabis legalization
poses for the Agricultural industry’s workplace safety.

Discussion Topics:
– Impact of COVID-19 on substance use
– Unique Challenges of Agriculture
– What is alcohol misuse
– Cannabis vs. alcohol
– Impairment vs. Intoxication
– Best practices on fitness for duty programs

Learning Objectives
– Help recognize the line of when safety must supersede all other considerations
– Understand behaviors/choices as a supervisor/employer that may be enabling
– An understanding of the essential requirements in managing fitness for duty
– An appreciation for what is considered excessive alcohol use
– An appreciation for the differences between alcohol and cannabis


Mr. Demers serves on the technical advisory committee for the CSA Z1008 Management of Impairment in the Workplace Standard and on the Government Relations committee of the Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association. As a Certified Substance Abuse Program Administrator (C-SAPAA), Mr. Demers has spoken internationally in 5 countries (USA, Ireland, Mexico, Italy, and Norway). Mr. Demers’ expertise has been included in a Yukon Government public policy decision and impacted forensic toxicologists and legal professionals. Mr. Demers’ technical writing is broad, including expert witness arbitration support, research summaries on drugs of abuse, testing technology, and scientific developments. Mr. Demers
believes he remains the only professional in his space published in a peer-reviewed legal journal. Mr. Demers’s numerous experiences supporting client arbitrations have resulted in 100% pre-trial resolutions.
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February 15
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm MST
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