EHS on Tap: E43 Safety in the Stoned Age: Discerning ‘Impairment’ from ‘Under the Influence’

Marijuana and opioids, drug use

More and more states are legalizing traditionally illegal substances such as marijuana, and legal substances such as alcohol or prescription medication still have a high potential for abuse. It’s a special concern for environment, health, and safety professionals, as on-the-job use or abuse of any drug can potentially have devastating, even life-threatening consequences. However, safety managers may experience pushback for challenging the use of now-legal substances, and drug testing policies need to be crafted with great care. In fact, the very similar terms of “impairment” and “under the influence” have slight differences that must be taken into account. Safety professionals may feel a bit lost in this “stoned age” (please forgive the pun!), but our guest today has expert insight into how you can effectively maintain a drug-free, safe, healthy, and productive workplace.

Joining us for today’s episode of EHS on Tap is Nina M. French, Managing Partner for the Current Consulting Group.

Prefer to read rather than listen? You can read a transcript of this episode here.

Nina M. FrenchNina M. French is Managing Partner for the Current Consulting Group and has over 26 years of experience in employee screening and managing drug-free workplace operations in a wide variety of fields. She is widely published and speaks at over 40 events each year.

Join Nina for an upcoming free one-hour webcast sponsored by Orasure Technologies, Inc., Impairment or Under the Influence: Legal Drug Use in the Workplace, taking place Thursday, April 25, 2019, at 2:00 PM Eastern Time.

This webinar may qualify for 0.15 Recertification Points for CSPs, CHSTs, OHSTs, 1 CMP credit for CHMMs, and eligible for CM credits for CIHs who attend. Professional Development Hours (PDHs) or Continuing Education Credits/Units (CECs/CEUs) may also be available for EHS managers participating in this webinar (please note that webinar participants are responsible for exploring their accrediting agency requirements to have their educational credits approved for credit). Register Here!


EHS on Tap is an environmental, health, and safety podcast by BLR’s EHS Daily Advisor. On each episode of EHS on Tap, our host will discuss emerging legal, regulatory, and policy issues with industry experts and the impacts to everyday safety and environmental professionals. EHS on Tap topics run the gamut of contemporary issues facing EHS managers and professionals today.

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