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New Zealanders use alcohol and other drugs, and the chances are you will work with someone who does so in a way that impacts their ability to do their job.

If someone is impaired in the workplace they can put themselves or others at risk. Impairment can occur due to lack of sleep, stress, relationship breakdowns, emotionally difficult time, medications or alcohol and other drug use. Health and Safety legislation requires employers to ensure a safe working environment for all employees, an aspect of which is mitigating risk of impairment. In a safety critical worksite employers can legally drug test employees as the risk of serious injury or death is high. 

There are things that organisations can do to support their staff to perform well in their roles, without alcohol and other drugs getting in the way.

Key tips

Be prepared and offer proactive support

Understand the situation and allow for flexibility in how you respond

Have a clear focus on employee wellbeing and build trust

Help employees feel like they are a part of your organisation

Help your line managers to know how to best support their staff

Focus workplace policies on keeping your staff employed

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