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Major ccupational health groups publish guidance for employers on the impact of marijuana in the workplace

Major occupational health groups publish guidance for employers on the impact of marijuana in the workplace

Source:
American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). (2015, April 13). Major occupational health groups publish guidance for employers on the impact of marijuana in the workplace. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 17, 2015 from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150413213114.htm
ScienceDaily Summary:
Experts have published guidance for employers aimed at helping them better understand the implications of marijuana use on the workforce as attitudes toward marijuana and laws restricting it continue to change. The guidance paper summarizes current evidence regarding marijuana consumption; discusses possible side effects, including temporary impairment as it relates to the workplace; reviews existing federal and state laws that impact employers; and suggests various strategies available for monitoring marijuana use among employees.
Journal Reference:

  1. Jennan A. Phillips, Michael G. Holland, Debra D. Baldwin, Linda Gifford Meuleveld, Kathryn L. Mueller, Brett Perkison, Mark Upfal, Marianne Dreger. Marijuana in the WorkplaceJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2015; 57 (4): 459 DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000441
  2. J. A. Phillips, M. G. Holland, D. D. Baldwin, L. Gifford-Meuleveld, K. L. Mueller, B. Perkison, M. Upfal, M. Dreger. Marijuana in the Workplace: Guidance for Occupational Health Professionals and Employers: Joint Guidance Statement of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses and the American College of Occupational and Environmental MedicineWorkplace Health & Safety, 2015; DOI: 10.1177/2165079915581983

MJ & increased workplace concerns and costs

FROM NIDA “Marijuana Abuse Report” 2012

“… In addition, several studies have linked workers’ marijuana smoking with increased absences, tardiness, accidents, workers’ compensation claims, and job turnover. For example, a study among postal workers found that employees who tested positive for marijuana on a pre-employment urine drug test had 55 percent more industrial accidents, 85 percent more injuries, and a 75-percent increase in absenteeism compared with those who tested negative for marijuana use.”

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