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National Safety Commission reports how fault detection technology can make workplaces safer

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This report helps employers and policy makers to be better informed about the availability and reliability of IDT products in the market, as well as implementation considerations

Itasca, Illinois, August 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Workplace injuries come in many forms, all of which pose a safety hazard. Chemical injury, fatigue, medical conditions, emotional distress, and other factors not only raise concerns about suitability for the job, but can also affect an employee’s health, and employers should need resources to identify and address Part of the solution: fault detection technology. As researched and described by the National Safety Council, IDTs are a technology that screens for multiple forms of disability and may aid in job fitness assessments, and according to an NSC survey, respondent employment Most of the Lord is interested.

“Detecting employee disability is critical to the safety, health and well-being of an organization’s employees.” Jenny Burke, Vice President of Impairment Practice at NSC. “If our findings show that 16% of employers surveyed use IDTs, we are demonstrating confidence in the technology and providing an opportunity to explore these technologies. The NSC is doing its best, and the results of its research constitute this report, to provide employers with the resources they need to make informed safety decisions regarding these detection technologies. Offers.”

of February 2021NSC encourages employers to consider more than substance use when dealing with workplace disorders and to outline in policies and procedures anything that might interfere with an individual’s ability to function normally or safely. became the first national organization to ask for This holistic approach includes many factors, from chemicals such as alcohol, opioids and cannabis, to physical factors such as fatigue, to social factors such as mental distress and stress, all of which are claimed to be detectable by the IDT of included in the report.

Fifteen impaired technologies from fifteen companies were eligible for inclusion in the analysis conducted by NSC. Of the 15 IDTs analyzed:

  • 5 out of 15 (33.3%) companies report that they have 7 disability types discussed (alcohol, opioids, cannabis, other substances, fatigue, medical conditions, and other possible forms of mental distress). Mental disorders) claimed to be able to detect all of them with their technology.
  • Eight companies (53.3%) reported being able to detect at least five types of impairment
  • 2 companies (13.3%) offer more specialized fault detection

In addition to IDTs, supervisors themselves also have the ability to recognize and respond to perceived impairments in the workplace. October 2021, the NSC has launched a program to provide appropriate training for supervisors, safety professionals and other leaders. The recent introduction of the Workplace Disability Prevention Act by Congressman Burgess Owens also draws attention to the importance of this approach. Because the law authorizes workplace training programs through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to help employers recognize, respond, and prevent. Reduce workplace disruptions while addressing growing safety concerns.

The full findings of the new NSC report and the IDT web tool are available free of charge. For more information on disability at work, please visit

About the National Security Council

The National Safety Council is America’s leading nonprofit safety advocacy organization for over 100 years. As a mission-based organization, we work to eliminate the leading causes of preventable injury by focusing on workplaces, roads and impairments. We create a culture of safety to keep people safe so they can live their lives to the fullest, not just at work, but beyond.

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SOURCE National Security Council