Quantifying Risk Posed by Employee Substance Use: Development of a Prevention through Design Model
Hunter, Robert W.
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Most workplaces are full of hazards that pose great risk to people and property. Drug and alcohol use by employees poses an additional hazard that increases those risks. This study develops a Risk Assessment Model to incorporate into the Risk Management Process that provides a quantitative value to the risks posed by employee substance use and can be used to identify tasks that pose greater risk and need immediate attention. The model can be used independently or along with additional assessment tools in order to provide a full picture of the risks posed by a particular task. The model can also be used to evaluate existing tasks and processes, but it is intended to be included in a Prevention through Design process in order to address and mitigate hazards and minimize the risk before they ever get a chance to create a problem for employees or management.