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Employers should check their drug policies

Availability of legal, recreational pot in Washington state is a big change. What hasn’t changed is employers’ ability to test their employees for marijuana use. Even so, employers should check their drug policies in light of the new pot law.  [Read more…]

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New state safety laws take effect this month

With the start of the new fiscal year on July 1 in many states, several changes in safety laws go into effect.  [Read more…]

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Positive test for alcohol, cocaine and pot, but still got comp

An employee says while he was working on a roof, he stood up to brush off some ants when he fell through the roof, suffering serious injuries. Blood and urine tests came back positive for alcohol and illegal drugs. Why did he get workers’ comp?

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Injured worker tests positive for pot: Will he get workers’ comp?

A worker used an acetylene torch to cut off the top of a barrel which exploded, injuring him. When receiving medical treatment, the worker tested positive for pot. Now he wants workers’ comp. Will he get it? [Read more…]

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How do new state pot laws affect workplace drug policies?

Let’s say your company’s drug-free workplace policy bans employees from working under the influence, whether it’s alcohol or drugs. How do new state marijuana laws impact that policy? [Read more…]

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Top 10 Safety News Alert posts of 2013

New OSHA rules; the mouse droppings case; marijuana and workers’ comp. Those are the topics of just 3 of the top 10 posts, by your clicks, in 2013 on Safety News Alert. Here are the top 10 posts: [Read more…]

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Re-injured worker tests positive for pot: Comp benefits suspended?

A company had a drug-free workplace policy so its heavy machinery was used safely. An employee suffered an injury, and his drug test turned up positive for marijuana. Could the company suspend his workers’ comp benefits because of the positive drug test? [Read more…]

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Employee drug use: Long-term improvement, new problems develop

When it comes to employee drug use, there’s good and bad news. The good news: The positive rate for the U.S. workforce has declined 74% from 1988 to 2012, according to Quest Diagnostics figures. The bad news: … [Read more…]

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Newer tests proven to cut cheating on drug testing

To watch or not to watch: That used to be the question when it came to collecting urine samples for drug testing. That problem may be eliminated with newer screening tests, according to Quest Diagnostics, which has released new data on positive rates for applicants and workers. [Read more…]

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Injured at work, positive test for pot: Does he get workers’ comp?

Is testing positive for pot enough to disqualify an injured employee from receiving workers’ comp benefits? [Read more…]

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