Impairment Policy


Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) is committed to improving the health, safety and wellbeing of all employees. In recognition of the risk to employee health, safety and wellbeing as a result of impairment, the CFMEU has identified a need for nationally consistent impairment policy and procedures for the construction industry that are evidence-based, focused on ‘best’ practice, and ensure the health and wellbeing of all employees.

The proposed policy and procedures outlined below are peer-intervention focused and centre on the principles of prevention, education, and rehabilitation.


1. The purpose of this policy is to minimise impairment related risk to workplace health and safety and eliminate factors that may cause impairment in the workplace. The policy recognises that there are a range of factors that can contribute to the impairment of people at work, including: Mental Health/Stress Fatigue Chemicals Heat Noise Alcohol and other legal drugs Illegal drugs Illness and injury.

2. The policy outlines the principles that will be used by employers in reducing the risk of impairment at work. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that workers are not impaired whilst working. The policy does not seek to impose limitations or value judgements on employees when outside of the workplace.

3. The policy outlines the processes and procedures that will be established to assist all personnel including supervisory staff and managers to correctly implement the policy so that the standard of health and safety in the workplace is enhanced. All provisions within this document must be read in context of its stated purpose, as outlined by this clause.

4. This policy shall be read in conjunction with other company policies concerning health and safety, particularly in relation to fatigue management, risk management and safe systems of work.

A full copy of the CFMEU QLD/NT Workplace Impairment Policy is available for download here.

The following videos are from two workers in our industry who were struggling with impairment.  They bravely put their hand up for help - which we have been able to provide through the impairment policy.