Promoting a drug-free workplace

The Importance of Promoting and Maintaining a Drug-Free Workplace

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. Although twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medicinal use, and four have legalized it for both medicinal and recreational use, it remains an illegal substance under federal law.

A survey conducted by EMPLOYERS confirmed that more than three quarters of small business owners believe it is dangerous for their employees to perform their job while under the influence of any illicit substance (including alcohol, marijuana, heroin and cocaine) or prescription painkillers. More than five percent of respondents indicated they had direct experience with an employee reporting for work under the influence of marijuana.

With additional marijuana legislation pending in states across the country, it is more important than ever for small business owners to have drug-free workplace policies that protect their businesses, employees and customers from the risks associated with on-the-job impairment. Regardless of the marijuana laws impacting your state, it is a good idea to revisit or re-establish your business’s drug-free policy annually. All employees should be aware of the rules and regulations, as well as the consequences of using controlled or illicit substances on and off the job.

Here are three tips to consider when developing or assessing your company’s drug tolerance policy:

Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration (SAMHSA). State Medical Marijuana Laws. National Conference of State Legislatures.