4. Intoxicants

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Any person who is intoxicated at work site is a serious risk to himself or herself and to others. A person being under the influence of alcohol, drugs or other intoxicants should be immediately removed from the workplace. It is absolutely forbidden to have alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicants, to use them or to be intoxicated at work place. In the event of an accident it is possible that the insurance company will offer a reduced amount of compensation or refuse the payment entirely if the person was found to be intoxicated. Working under the influence of alcohol, drugs or other, together with a serious vio- lation of safety regulations could be a sufficient reason for immediate termination of the work contract. It is everyone’s obligation to deal with problems relating to alcohol, drugs and other intoxicants. By raising the issue early in a confidential way tells the person that his or her problem has been noticed, and this could be enough to lead to a positive outcome. Not touching the issue could have the opposite effect. Companies usually have instructions on how to deal with problems caused by intoxication. Substance abuse programs are made together with staff representatives. The principle is an absolute zero tolerance. Each company has their own measures to apply to the violations. Many employers provide arrangements for treatment. If you are not sure whom to ask, you could contact the Occupational Health Representatives. Smoking endangers your own health and also the health of others. Smoking together with other exposures at work multiplies the risk of diseases. According to the law you are not allowed to expose others to cigarette smoke. Smoking Follow statutory and site specific rules regarding smoking. It is absolutely forbidden to smoke in places where there is a risk for fire or explosion, e.g. in spaces that are being painted, or in gas distribution centers! 4. INTOXICANTS 4. Intoxicants 15


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