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Alcohol and drugs

Information on alcohol and drugs in the workplace

The use of alcohol and other drugs becomes an occupational safety and health issue if a person’s ability to exercise judgment, coordination, motor control, concentration and alertness is affected at the workplace, leading to an increased risk of injury or illness.

It should not be assumed that any observed impairment is caused by alcohol and/or other
drug use. Other impairment factors may include fatigue, medical conditions, chemicals, heat,
noise and symptoms of work-related stress.

Where the ability to work safely is impaired, the employer and workers should respond in a humane manner based on the information available.  The focus at the workplace should be on occupational safety and health management rather than more general concerns about personal health.

Frequently asked questions

More frequently asked questions about alcohol and drugs can be found here.

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