Cannabis, weed, marijuana, “mary jane,” whatever you wish to call it, is one of the most used and most abused drugs in the world. It is incredibly easy to grow, grows in a huge variety of soils, different types of humidity and temperature all over the world. Cannabis is cheap, easy to obtain and maintain, and it is considered by the drug community to be one of the safest, most non lethal drugs on the market. Like alcohol, it is considered to be a “soft” drug which will take the edge off, but will not actually cause a great deal of harm to your system in the third use or the thirtieth use. Medical marijuana is used by many countries as a relaxant and pain number, given in small doses.
For all of these stated reasons, cannabis is the most likely drug to be abused during employment and while on the jobsite itself. It is not considered by even soft core drug users to be dangerous, and it is believed to be useful in taking the edge off of stress, pressure, deadlines, fear, failure, and perceived inadequacies. In fact, many cannabis users would equate it with a nice pharmaceutical pain relievers or emotional relaxant. For this reason, it can be even more widely used than researchers have previously thought, and the mental affects of it can cause even more destruction than have previously been attributed to it. Studies have shown that workers which abuse cannabis during employment (and while at work) are far more likely to have accidents and that accidents on the jobsite are primarily due to some type of drug abuse. Research also shows that workers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol account for the majority of absenteeism found in both hazardous and non-hazardous industries, and in both coordinated jobs and jobs which do not require a great deal of physical coordination.
If your company employs workers which abuse cannabis, you are far more likely to be paying for the resulting accidents and any insurance increases tied with those accidents than you would be for the standard cost of employee turnover. Drug and alcohol testing helps you to identify which employees are potential liabilities. Call CMM Technology today: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.