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Health Management - Health Challenges - Suspect employee of substance use

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Health Management

Suspect employee of substance use

Health Challenges

Start with a discussion

Take your employee to a private room.

Make sure there is another manager, supervisor or leader in the room to witness the conversation and document it.

Share your observations

Keep the conversation to specific instances of poor performance or unusual behaviour. The notes you have taken as you observed signs of substance use will help focus this conversation.

Remain calm

Don’t get emotional, threatening, angry or accusative. Be sensitive and be respectful about your concerns.

Let your employee explain

Give your employee a chance to explain his or her behaviour. Remember, there are some medical conditions that result in behaviour or physical signs that mirror the signs of substance abuse.

If your employee acknowledges a substance use issue

Show your support and reinforce that you are there help. You need to make a referral to a Corporate Health Consultant. A CHC will work with the employee to determine fitness for work and if necessary, make a referral to an external substance use professional and help employee enter a treatment program.

If your employee does not acknowledge substance use

If during this conversation your employee does not acknowledge substance use and there is no other satisfactory explanation, consult with your Human Resources Advisor. They can help determine if there are reasonable grounds for a mandatory assessment with a Corporate Health Consultant.

What to do if ...

Suspect employee of being under the influence

Employee comes forward acknowledging substance use

Who can help?

Your HR Advisor can discuss your situation and provide advice. If you don't know who your HR Advisor is call HR Support Services at 403-268-5800.

Supporting documents

Substance Use Policy

Substance Use Policy Guidelines

Next: Treatment process for substance use