What can we do if we suspect an employee is attending work under the influence of alcohol?

We have an employee who has been with us for 26 years. They have always been very loyal and hard working, a model employee! Nearly a year ago their spouse died, and they have seemed very depressed since then. We have tried to offer support, but they always say that they are fine.

As part of their role, they operate a heavy press. Two weeks ago, the employee came back from lunch and their Supervisor said that they were 'very flushed' and seemed a bit unsteady. The Supervisor was concerned that they had been drinking, but did not challenge them on it.

However, the Supervisor did tell the employee to work on a different section, so that they weren't using the press.

Since then, the Supervisor reports that there have been three more occasions when they've been concerned about the employee, and has moved them to lighter jobs. However, the situation cannot continue like this because we do need the employee to be able to operate the press.

I suggested that the Supervisor have a quiet word with them, and ask them if everything was OK and to try and bring the conversation round to drinking alcohol. The Supervisor has tried but the employee just says everything is fine and won't engage in conversation. What do we do?

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What can we do if we suspect an employee is attending work under the influence of alcohol?

We have an employee who has been with us for 26 years. They have always been very loyal and hard working, a model employee! Nearly a year ago their spouse died, and they have seemed very depressed since then. We have tried to offer support, but they always say that they are fine.

As part of their role, they operate a heavy press. Two weeks ago, the employee came back from lunch and their Supervisor said that they were 'very flushed' and seemed a bit unsteady. The Supervisor was concerned that they had been drinking, but did not challenge them on it.

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