The Safety Association of Saskatchewan Manufacturers is introducing a new product that will test impairment of employees.
The Alert Meter app is a non-invasive way to test impairment, which includes alcohol, drug, stress or sleep deprivation by getting employees to play a puzzle game before work.
Executive Director of SASM Ken Ricketts said this could be used in any high-risk industry.
“Where people are just a moment (of) non-attention, a little bit of sleep, a little bit of slow reaction, and you’re missing a finger, or you’re in front of the forklift, or you’ve dropped the load, or those sorts of things.”
Ricketts said every workplace could use this technology, especially in Saskatchewan.
“Our workers here have this attitude about ‘just get it done,’ and they rush right in to do the work, and they don’t stop to think about what happens when I get hurt.”
Ricketts said this tests impairment; not just drugs and alcohol.
“When you do a drug test, you are testing for drugs, but 70% of impairment in the workplace is not caused by drugs,” Ricketts said. “It’s caused by a lack of sleep, or stress, so even if you did a random drug test, you’re still only getting 30% of the problem.
With this already in operation in the States, Ricketts said it’s been successful, with unions saying most unions have been supportive of the app.