Friday, February 21 2020
Age old debate - does drug testing cost or does it pay?
Employers are under constant pressure to allow marijuana users in their workplace. It's a conundrum that many employers face. What's more important satisfying the perceived rights of an employee smoking marijuana or the employer's right to a safe and drug free workplace and the benefits of a safe and drug free workplace.
The National Safety Council says the average cost of an employee industrial accident is approximately $38,000. Employers in the United States of America are spending $1 Billion per year on workplace accidents and illness.
Consider the facts from the National Institue on Drug Abuse on a study about employees who smoke marijuana and have been positive on a drug test. The positive marijuana employees when compared to individuals with a negative drug screen were found to:
Considering the cost of accidents, injuries and the turmoil that absenteeism brings to employers - many think drug testing pay dividends and can't be considered a cost.
Tuesday, February 18 2020
Taking CBD? Afraid you might be positive on a drug test? It may not be your fault as some manufacturers are not manufacturing what they state on their labeling.
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DOT affirmation below on CBD and Marijuana Positives. DOT states there is no acceptable excuse for Marijuana positives.
DOT OFFICE OF DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY AND COMPLIANCE NOTICE
The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-334, (Farm Bill) removed hemp from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act. Under the Farm Bill, hemp-derived products containing a concentration of up to 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are not controlled substances. THC is the primary psychoactive component of marijuana. Any product, including “Cannabidiol” (CBD) products, with a concentration of more than 0.3% THC remains classified as marijuana, a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act.
We have had inquiries about whether the Department of Transportation-regulated safety-sensitive employees can use CBD products. Safety-sensitive employees who are subject to drug testing specified under 49 CFR part 40 (Part 40) include: pilots, school bus drivers, truck drivers, train engineers, transit vehicle operators, aircraft maintenance personnel, fire-armed transit security personnel, ship captains, and pipeline emergency response personnel, among others.
It is important for all employers and safety-sensitive employees to know:
It remains unacceptable for any safety-sensitive employee subject to the Department of Transportation’s drug testing regulations to use marijuana. Since the use of CBD products could lead to a positive drug test result, Department of Transportation-regulated safety-sensitive employees should exercise caution when considering whether to use CBD products.
The contents of this document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies. This policy and compliance notice is not legally binding in its own right and will not be relied upon by the Department as a separate basis for affirmative enforcement action or other administrative penalty. Conformity with this policy and compliance notice is voluntary only and nonconformity will not affect rights and obligations under existing statutes and regulations. Safety-sensitive employees must continue to comply with the underlying regulatory requirements for drug testing, specified at 49 CFR part 40.
February 18, 2020