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    If an employee is prescribed this drug, since it is controlled, are they responsible to inform their employer that they are taking it???

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    What are the job duties of the employee? And in what state is he/she?

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    He is in Michigan, and he runs some machines, in our wire EDM department...

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    If it is a safety sensitive position, yes, the employee can be required to report if they are on medication that can impair their ability to do their job and how alert they are.

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    It's not as if the machine could remove an arm, or finger, how would this apply???

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    Honestly, I don't know what the machine does but it is a standard protocol that if one operates any kind of heavy machinery, that they notify their employer. There is a reason that Rx bottles have warning labels about operating heavy machinery.

    Depending upon the machine and how the person acts, it may be deemed safe. But, these things often need to be looked at on a case by case basis and someone who is being affected by the meds is not in a position to accurately judge whether they are fit to work or not. Kind of like asking someone who is or may be drunk to judge how sober they are.

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