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Vigilant
www.vigilant.org / HQ: Tigard, Ore. / Jodi Slavik, employment attorney and strategic
services director: "Make your testing process as transparent as possible."

West

High Stakes

vigilant is helping manufacturers weed out
marijuana in the workplace. by bianca herron
manufacturers have
problems finding skilled
workers, especially as
marijuana use rises.

"Finding qualified applicants has
become increasingly difficult because of the societal and generational
changes we face today," Slavik says.
"Younger generations aren't acclimated to physical labor. Additionally,
finding people who are capable and
want to work in manufacturing is also
a challenge."

A Hazy Issue

As marijuana use has risen, more
employees are testing positive for it at
work. In just four years, the positivity rate for saliva marijuana tests rose
nearly 75 percent - up from 5.1 percent
in 2013 to 8.9 percent in 2016 - according to a report by workplace testing
provider Quest Diagnostics.
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This spike in marijuana use has not
only left manufacturers in desperate
need of skilled workers, but also raises questions as to whether or not they
should scale back testing or alter the
types of testing they conduct, says Vigilant Employment Attorney and Strategic Services Director Jodi Slavik.

Manufacturing companies have many
reasons to continue rigorous testing,
including the need to maintain a safe
environment and comply with strict
federal contract requirements. However, testing for marijuana is difficult
because of the inability to exactly pinpoint time of use.
"Unlike the precision of blood alcohol testing, marijuana testing relies on capturing the level of THC in
urine, saliva or hair," Slavik explains.
"THC can remain in the body for
weeks, too, unlike other drugs with a
detection time of hours to a few days.
"Thus, an employee who smoked
at a weekend party and is randomly
selected for a test two weeks later
could test positive," she notes, adding that testing inaccurately assesses
how much a person can smoke and
still safely operate workplace equipment as well.
"Marijuana impairment is fully dependent on the size, weight and health
of the user," Slavik says. "However,
this is the challenge with any drug or
alcohol: We all have different impairment levels. Some people can look at a
bottle of beer and get woozy."


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