Week 4 of National Safety Month
As we continue to recognize National Safety Month throughout June, we would like to bring attention to the effect impairment has on employee health and safety. Impairment in the workplace is a difficult and growing issue. We often link impairment to substance use such as drugs and alcohol. However, impairment can have various causes such as medical conditions/treatments, personal stress, or fatigue. Regardless of the industry or cause, loss of focus on the job can have deadly consequences for individuals and their coworkers. When dealing with impairment in the workplace, it is important to address the issue as soon as it is recognized and to assess each situation on a case-by-case basis.
In order to maintain a safe work environment, workers need to be sober, well rested, and attentive. Stay alert and help keep your workplace safe! Please review and share this tip sheet from the National Safety Council on how to spot the signs and take action when there is an impairment issue at your workplace:
With many different causes, there are a lot of startling facts about how impairment is impacting safety in our day to day lives. Please watch and share this short video on how impairment is currently affecting the workforce in the United States:
Opioid addiction is a growing and often deadly epidemic across our country. According to a recent National Safety Council survey, 70 percent of employers have been impacted by prescription drug misuse. Currently the Construction and Mining Industries are experiencing higher than average opioid disorder levels.
Learn how to spot the warning signs and also what is being done to increase awareness about this serious safety issue:
If you or someone you know is dealing with a substance abuse or mental health issue, please visit the following free resources for more information on treatment solutions: