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Impairment recognition and response: NSC unveils online training program for supervisors


Itasca, IL — A new e-learning course from the National Safety Council is intended to help supervisors and safety professionals recognize and respond to perceived impairment in the workplace.

Results of a recent survey of employers conducted by the nonprofit organization show that more than half believe impairment is adversely affecting safety in their workplace. Impairment from a number of causes can delay thinking and reaction time; lead to higher workers’ compensation costs; and increase distraction, errors, injuries and absenteeism, NSC says.

“At least 90% of employers are just as concerned about the effects of chronic stress and mental health disorders as they are about fatigue and chemical substances,” said Jenny Burke, senior director of impairment practice at NSC. “We’re proud to have developed an all-inclusive training to assist supervisors with the ability to educate and protect their workforce against impairment in a much broader way than ever before.”

The one-hour course, pilot tested with the help of supervisors and safety pros, covers:

  • The importance of recognizing and responding to impairment
  • Supervisor responsibilities when recognizing impairment
  • Common causes of impairment, as well as signs and symptoms
  • The six steps to respond to potential impairment
  • Other considerations, including human resources involvement, prevention, and laws and regulations

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