Managing Substance Abuse in the Workplace

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DOHS 4210

Instructor: Shelley Bischoff

This course identifies the multiple factors and realities of substance abuse in the workplace, and the role of the OHS supervisor or manager in addressing this issue. It also provides a process for implementing a culture change in the organization. The key elements of a drug and alcohol policy are identified, and include the many considerations involved in testing, as well as current general practices in Canada. The course emphasizes education and awareness for supervisors, managers and all staff; resources for treatment and support; and the need for an ongoing communication strategy to incorporate drug and alcohol awareness into the business/organizational structure.


  1. Introduction to Substance Abuse in the Workplace
  2. What's my Role and Where do I Start
  3. The Foundation Piece: A Drug and Alcohol Policy
  4. Investigation
  5. Testing
  6. Implementation, Education and Training Assessment

About the instructor:
Shelly Bischoff is Founder and Director of Ptolemy & Associates lnc.. She is a Registered Nurse (SIAST), a Certified Occupational Health Nurse (Grant McEwan College), and a Certified Human Resource Professional and Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CSSP) with over 20 years of experience in the areas of OHS, wellness and disability management, and is a national speaker in these areas of expertise.

Shelly has worked with both public and private sector organizations and implemented a National award-winning disability management program in the municipal sector in 2000. She has served on the Alberta provincial boards of Alberta Motor Association, Governors for Children, McMan Youth, Family & Community Services, and was appointed by the government to the Practice Review Council for the Alberta College and Association of Physical Therapists and Alberta Occupational Health Nurses Association.

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