Supervisors are primarily responsible for ensuring that Workers are providing the products and/or services that are required by the Employer to meet the needs of the Client.Supervisors in many regions are now a named entity in Legislation for their work location with requirements for the Supervisor to protect the health and safety of all of the Workers that are assigned to the Supervisor.
Supervisors do not typically have extensive medical backgrounds that allow for their rapid assessment of a Worker’s health condition prior to the start of work and then during the working hours. Being able to rapidly assess a Worker for all combinations of symptoms related to impairment from substance use, over the counter medication use, prescribed medication use, mental health conditions, and other physical conditions is a skill set that can require years of training and hundreds of hours of practical experience.
If a Supervisor suspects Worker impairment for any reason, the Supervisor should remove the Worker from the work area and have the Worker assessed by a First Aider. If the Worker is suffering from a life threatening condition such as a heart attack, stroke, breathing difficulties, overdose, diabetic incident, or other condition, the First Aider can initiate transport by Emergency Medical Services (EMS), or by other Employer Policy defined actions, to get the Worker into the care of Medical Professionals as soon as possible. While the First Aider is assessing the Worker, the Supervisor should be able to quickly assign work duties to the rest of their team to ensure the delivery of products and/or services as required by the Employer. If no life threatening condition is present, either the First Aider or the Supervisor or the Human Resources Person can complete a Quick Test™ assessment with the worker.
This is an objective process for removal from work that best supports the Worker’s health, the Supervisor’s requirements to protect the health and safety of all Workers in their care, and the Employer’s requirements for the delivery of products and/or services. This process allows for a rapid assessment of the Worker’s current cognitive function status which allows the Employer to determine any possible accommodation requirements for the Worker on a case by case basis.