Drug abuse and addiction are incredibly common. With hundreds of thousands of addicts in the United States alone, for many people a substance abuse problem can start to create issues at work, as well as at home and in other areas of life. Some users become addicted in part due to a family history of addiction while others use it as a coping mechanism, a way of dealing with personal issues including mental disorders such as depression and anxiety.
The Importance of Awareness in the Workplace
Educating parents and youths about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse is incredibly valuable. Many people assume it is only the younger generation that needs this discussion, when that is not the case at all. In fact, a large majority of adults suffer from drug and alcohol dependency and may even use drugs or alcohol while on the job. Particularly for dangerous jobs, such as construction work and truck driving, where there is more risk involved, this issue is one of great importance.
What the Job Entails
As a health and safety manager, this may be part of your job. From discussing the alcohol and drug policies in the workplace to assisting people to get the help they need if they are misusing drugs, occupational health and safety management jobs are essential. Your purpose as an occupational health and safety manager is to protect the safety, health and welfare of the people engaged at a business. This is important not only for moral reasons, but also for legal and financial reasons. Businesses can be at fault if there is an accident on the job, even if due to negligence as the result of someone abusing drugs or alcohol.
As a health and safety expert, a number of different topics may be discussed with employees at any workplace including public health, safety engineering, occupational medicine, and ergonomics. They work to ensure the health and well-being of the workers, as well as protecting the business owners. They also ensure that all workers are in an occupational environment adapted to his physiological and psychological capabilities, to lessen the risk of injury. Depending on the industry at hand, there are different issues that must be covered in the discussion of drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace.
Each company tends to have their own policies here, some which require regular drug and alcohol testing among workers to ensure they are sober and able to work safely and effectively. This is especially common for government jobs. With most companies, if an alcohol or drug dependency begins affecting an employee's job performance, managers will need to take appropriate action. Health and safety managers assist in this process, helping the employee seek treatment to avoid termination of their job. Although not required to assume responsibility for an employee's drug or alcohol problem, managers will help deal with the issue properly and effectively by working alongside health and safety managers.
The job of health and safety managers is an important one, for all workplaces.