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Impairment Recognition and Response Training for Supervisors

Workplace impairment due to substances like alcohol, opioids or cannabis, or  physical and mental factors, like fatigue and stress, can negatively affect workplace safety, employee wellbeing and your bottom line.

More than half of employers in a recent NSC survey said impairment is decreasing the safety of their workforce. Impairment from a number of causes can delay thinking and reaction time, increase workplace injuries and errors, lead to higher workers’ compensation costs, and increase absenteeism and distraction at work.

Train Your Supervisors to Address Workplace Impairment

If you are requesting five or more trainings, sign up here.

Your supervisors are key to limiting these risks. In a literature review published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, NSC researchers found that properly training your supervisors may not only improve their response to safety and health concerns and increase workers’ safety behavior, but also help limit new workers’ compensation costs. Take action now to ensure your supervisors are prepared to address impairment and support employee safety and wellbeing.

Our new Impairment Recognition and Response Training for Supervisors provides frontline supervisors, safety professionals and managers with the knowledge and skills to recognize and respond to perceived impairment in the workplace, no matter the cause. 

This one-hour eLearning course, which was tested with real-world supervisors and safety professionals, covers:

  • The importance of recognizing and responding to impairment
  • Supervisor responsibilities when recognizing impairment
  • Common causes of impairment (alcohol, cannabis, fatigue, mental distress and more)
  • Common signs and symptoms of impairment
  • The NSC original six steps to respond to potential impairment
  • Other considerations, including:
    Human Resources involvement
    Prevention
    Laws and regulations

A strong foundation for recognizing perceived impairment and a new framework for responding to it will give your supervisors the confidence and skills to move your workplace in a safer direction. Learn more and register for this new NSC training

Note: It is highly encouraged for workplaces to have impairment policies in place before prompting supervisors or other staff to take this training. Examples of these policies include reasonable cause/suspicion, drug-free workplace fatigue risk management and incident reporting, among others. This training is not DOT compliant. 

NSC has resources to help. Learn more at nsc.org/Impairment.