Tailgate Toolkit: Toolbox Talk
Start the conversation about substance use at your worksite! Book a FREE 30-45-minute toolbox talk that will introduce your crew to the realities of substance use, mental health, chronic pain, and the current toxic drug supply as it pertains to our industry. *Fees are currently waived, with costs funded in partnership with Island Health and the BC Ministry of Mental Health & Addictions.
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2021 marks the 5-year anniversary of the State of Emergency declared by the BC Government in 2016 in response to a dramatic increase in toxic drug poisoning deaths that year. While some services and prevention measures have been put in place to help reduce the number of toxic drug poisonings, the death toll continues to climb in British Columbia with 2020 being the deadliest year on record as communities across BC collectively lost 1,723 people.
In a report published by the BC Coroners Service in 2018, it was found that over half of those who died while employed were working in construction, trades, forestry, and transport – far higher than any other industry.
In partnership with Island Health, the Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) has developed this training to equip construction industry supervisors with the necessary tools to recognize and support staff in need while addressing stigma on the worksite.
What Will You Learn?
Over the course of the Toolbox Talk, crew members will be invited to discuss:
- The current toxic drug poisoning epidemic
- Why this is an issue for members of the construction industry
- Why men are disproportionately at risk of toxic drug poisoning
- Harm reduction
- Mental health
- Chronic Pain
- Local resources
This 30–45-minute talk is delivered by VICA’s Harm Reduction team and can be directly to crew members on your worksite or live online via Zoom.