Naloxone kits to deal with opioid overdoses must become a staple health and safety tool at all construction sites alongside steel-toed boots and construction hard hats, harm-reduction workers told a Hamilton, Ont. Construction Safety Week audience recently.

Hamilton-Halton Construction Association (HHCA) general manager Sue Ramsay explained to members that in April 2022 the Ontario legislature passed the Working for Workers Act, implementing a new mandate for the construction sector to “reduce the risk of death caused by opioid overdoses in workplaces by requiring employers to provide a naloxone kit in workplaces where overdoses are a potential hazard.”

That clearly targets construction employers, Ramsay said.

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