Supervisors need to respect a worker's private life. But what if a worker had too much to drink one night? Or another worker smoked some dope over a weekend? How about the employee who has been taking medications that could impair their ability to work safely? When substance abusers arrive at work, they don't leave their problems at the door. What these employees are doing both on and off -duty could cause them to have a serious accident. Managers and supervisors need to know how substance abuse can affect a workplace, how to recognize signs of abuse and what they can do to handle abuse situations.
The second in a two-part series on dealing with drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace, MARCOM's training products on "Dealing with Drug and Alcohol Abuse... for Managers and Supervisors in Construction Environments" discuss the various forms of substance abuse that are typically found in the workplace, how managers and supervisors can detect substance abuse problems, and what they should... and shouldn't... do if they discover a worker with a substance abuse problem. Topics covered in the products include:
How substance abuse can affect a workplace.
Related laws and regulations.
Creating an alcohol and drug-free workplace.
The roles of education and testing.
Recognizing on-the-job substance abuse.
How to handle substance abuse situations.
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Substance abuse is a huge, worldwide problem. In the United States alone there are over 50 million binge drinkers, 17 million illegal drug users and almost 15 million people who abuse prescription drugs. Most substance abusers have jobs. In fact, it is estimated that one out of every ten workers has a substance abuse problem. An employee with an alcohol or drug problem can decrease productivity, create a hostile work environment and damage a company's good name. Worst of all, the actions of a worker who is "under the influence" can completely undermine a company's efforts to keep people safe. So employees need to know what they can do to help keep their job sites drug and alcohol-free.
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While there are many different types of cranes, they all have the ability to make many jobs much easier by lifting enormous weight. But they also share the potential for disaster when they are not operated safely. Crane-related accidents can often be deadly, due to the cumbersome and heavy loads that are lifted. Once a load falls, not much can be done to stop it, and there is little time for people to move safely out of the way. OSHA has been so concerned about crane safety that they have recently revised their crane safety regulations... for the first time in almost 40 years!
MARCOM''s training products on "Crane Safety in Construction Environments" remind employees that over 90% of crane-related accidents are caused by human error... and that they are the key to preventing these incidents. Topics covered in these products include:
Recent changes in the OSHA regulations.
General and operational safety devices.
General operating procedures.
Working around power lines.
Working with boom cranes.