Reducing the risk of impaired employees

Occupational Health Nurses on staff can help employers deal effectively with legal and safety issues caused by impairment, regardless of its cause

‘Many employees are hard-pressed to swear that they have never been at work and  impaired.’ No doubt, this statement will raise eyebrows, but think about it: Impairment is experiencing a diminished, reduced, or damaged state of being. It stems from a disease state, injury, or substance-related condition. Yet, there are more sources. This article explores the term impairment, identifies its relevance in workplaces, and how employers having Occupational Health Nurses can mitigate the negative impacts, reduce legal and safety risks to the employer, and facilitate accommodation measures.

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