Substance abuse is a serious problem.
Not only is it dangerous for your employee, it's also costly for your company.
One way to nip it in the bud is to lookout for signs that indicate your employee is intoxicated and then take appropriate action.
Eleven signs an employee's drunk or drugged
If your employee shows any of these signs, ask him to take a breathalyzer test, provided you have a policy in place.
What is a breathalyser test?
According to the Health&Safety Advisor, a breathalyser test is used to measure the blood alcohol level of a person by means of a device called a breathalyzer.
This device measures the blood alcohol content (BAC) from the breath of a person. The legal blood alcohol limit is 0.5% or 0.24mg per 1000ml breath.
Remember, it's not only against the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) to allow intoxicated employees on the premises, it creates a financial and productivity burden on you.
So make sure you have a breathalyzer policy in place so you can test your employees if they show any of the signs mentioned above. In addition, make it clear that coming to work drunk or drugged is a dismissible offence.