Work Place Safety – Marijuana

DATA SHOWS MARIJUANA DRUG TESTS RATES HIT ALL TIME HIGH

Each year Quest Diagnostics publishes the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index. [1] The Index looks at positivity rates in these industries:

Accommodation and Food Services
Admin Support, Waste & Remediation Services
Construction
Educational Services
Finance and Insurance
Health Care and Social Assistance
Information
Manufacturing
Mining
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Public Administration
Real Estate Rental and Leasing
Retail Trade
Transportation and Warehousing
Utilities
Wholesale Trade

Positivity rates for marijuana in the general U.S. workforce, based on more than 6 million urine tests, continued an upward climb, increasing 8.3% (3.6% in 2020 versus 3.9% in 2021), the highest positivity rate ever reported in the DTI. Over five years, positivity for marijuana in the general U.S. workforce increased 50% (2.6% in 2017 versus 3.9% in 2021).

References

1. https://newsroom.questdiagnostics.com/2022-03-30-Workforce-Drug-Test-Positivity-Climbs-to-Highest-Level-in-Two-Decades,-Finds-Quest-Diagnostics-Drug-Testing-Index-Analysis


Respiratory hazards in the cannabis industry: Researchers say ag standards may apply

Berkeley, CA — Cannabis industry workers may be at increased risk of respiratory problems as a result of on-the-job exposure to various hazards, results of a recent study led by a University of Washington professor indicate.

https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/19620-respiratory-hazards-in-the-cannabis-industry-ag-safety-standards-may-apply-researchers-say