National Safety Council: Safety sensitive workers should not use cannabis
The National Safety Council issued a statement Monday about cannabis use among safety-sensitive positions.
According to the release, the National Safety Council says that workers in safety-sensitive positions should not use any level of cannabis.
NSC policy defines safety-sensitive positions as those that impact the safety of the employee or others as a result of performing their job.
The National Safety Council says safety concerns are paramount as cannabis continues to be decriminalized throughout the United States.
"Research clearly shows that cannabis impacts a person's psychomotor skills and cognitive ability," said Lorraine M. Martin, president, and CEO of the National Safety Council. "In order to protect our employees and those around them, we need to acknowledge the impairing effects of cannabis. We urge employers to implement policies stating no amount of cannabis consumption is acceptable for those who work in safety-sensitive positions."
A survey conducted this year by the NSC found that 81 percent of employers were concerned about the drug having a negative impact on their workforce.
According to the survey, 71 percent of workers say their company policies cover the use of illicit cannabis, while 54 percent cover legal cannabis.
24% of those employers surveyed said they would dismiss an employee found to be misusing legal cannabis.
The release says studies show that those under the influence of cannabis can experience hallucinations, impaired body movement, altered senses, and difficulty thinking when the drug is taken in high doses.
The NSC is calling for an increase in cannabis research to discover a way to detect cannabis impairment and gain a better understanding of the drug's effects on the mind and body.