Naloxone in Ontario Workplace Overview
Effective June 1, 2023, employers must provide naloxone at work if certain conditions specified in the Occupational Health and Safety Act apply. Eligible employers can participate in the Workplace Naloxone Program and receive free training for two employees and one nasal spray naloxone kit per workplace for a limited time. If your workplace requires additional employees to be trained, the Canadian Red Cross is offering the Ontario WNP course at $30.00 per person (naloxone kit not included). Sign up here to purchase additional training.
Opioids are a group of drugs that bond with opioid receptors in the brain, slowing down the central nervous system. Common opioids include morphine, heroin, oxycodone, fentanyl, codeine, and hydromorphone. They are commonly prescribed by medical professionals to manage pain from surgery, cancer, chronic pain, and coughs. However, opioids are sometimes used in dosages not prescribed or by people who don't have a prescription. There are also opioids of unknown strength and quality made and sold illegally. Regardless of the cause of opioid poisoning, naloxone can help reverse its effects.
About the Training
Learn how to respond to an opioid poisoning emergency and administer nasal naloxone with the ON Workplace Naloxone – First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies Course. Gain knowledge about opioids and naloxone's effects on the body and explore methods to minimize stigma.
After completing the online training, registered workers will automatically receive a free nasal spray naloxone kit shipped to their registered workplace.
Who Should Take this Course?
Ontario-based employees registered with their workplace to participate in the Workplace Naloxone Program to meet provincial requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the Working for Workers Act (Bill 88).
This course has no prerequisites, and it is an online self-directed course. Participants learn at their own pace by working through the training materials independently online. Duration: approximately 60 minutes, depending on the individual.