The federal government will investigate an alleged accidental ingestion of edible cannabis products by a Northumberland Ferries employee while on the job.

“The Labour Program (the federal body in charge of workplace safety) is aware of an incident which occurred at Northumberland Ferries Limited. When the Labour Program conducts an investigation, we cannot comment on any specific findings, nor can we publicly share any documents or information,” a spokesperson with Employment Canada stated in an email to The Graphic.

A source has indicated to The Graphic that in mid-August marijuana laced cookies were left in the employee’s workspace. The employee, who was not aware of the contents, ate them resulting in an adverse reaction and was taken to hospital.

Don Cormier, VP, Operations and Safety Management with NFL confirmed an employee did experience a medical emergency at work. No further comment was given citing employee privacy.

The Labour Program recognizes cannabis as a possible source of impairment. Employers are required to develop a Hazard Prevention Program which identifies all potential risks in the workplace.

In workplaces where impairment caused by cannabis could pose a hazard, the workplace must have policies in place to ensure that the risk is managed.

The spokesperson said once an investigation is completed, the Canada Labour Code, Part II, limits the distribution of the final investigative report to the workplace parties – the employer, the Workplace Health and Safety Committee (comprising employer and employee representatives) or the Health and Safety Representative, and the policy committee, if any.

A representative from Unifor Local 4508 was not available for comment.

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