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Seventy-one percent of Canadian employers are not prepared for how legalization of marijuana may affect the workplace, according to the Toronto-based Human Resources Professionals Association.
The survey of 680 human resources professionals conducted in January also found 48% of them citing safety in the workplace as a top concern when it comes to marijuana use and workers.
Another challenge is testing, according to the survey report, released Monday.
“The issue of drug testing in Canadian workplaces can be controversial, but nonetheless employers maintain a variety of rights to test for impairment. According to the HRPA survey, 9.8% of respondent organizations perform some type of drug testing on their employees. Of those respondents, 75.8% believe the legalization of recreational marijuana will have either a great or moderate impact on their drug testing policy,” according to the report.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health is moving to create a new safety standard to prevent and handle workplace violence for general industries — a move experts say will put the state ahead of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.