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  • Conner Lantz
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    Can you explain the liability of having alcohol available at work?

    Conner Lantz
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    Employers have a duty to ensure a safe and healthy workplace for their employees, and this includes ensuring that alcohol consumption does not compromise workplace safety or put employees at risk.
    In some cases, serving alcohol at work may be permissible, such as at company events where appropriate measures are in place to ensure responsible drinking and the safety of employees. However, employers need to take steps to prevent any negative consequences of alcohol consumption, including impairment, intoxication, and potential accidents or injuries.
    Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act requires employers to take all reasonable precautions to protect workers from hazards, including those associated with alcohol consumption. The act also prohibits employees from being impaired in the workplace, and requires employers to take steps to identify and address any substance abuse issues among their employees.
    Employers may be held liable for any injuries, accidents, or damages that result from alcohol consumption at work. In addition, they may face legal consequences if they fail to take reasonable steps to prevent harm to their employees or others.

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