More than 90% of employers worry about mental health and chronic stress affecting their workers' fitness, according to a study published Monday by the National Safety Council.
Itasca, Illinois-based council surveyed employers on disability by 2020 and found that 93% of employers believe work ability extends beyond abuse to include mental health and well-being.
While almost three quarters of employers said they see disability as an important consideration. When determining an employee's suitability and discussing substance abuse during boarding, less than half of employers treated other types of disabilities – such as fatigue, mental health and stress – at the time.
The NSC said that survey data underscores the impact of the pandemic on workplace safety, and urges employers to identify "disabilities" as anything that may hinder workers' ability to function or mally and safely including substance use as well as fatigue, mental distress and stress.
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