Determining Manager Detection Confidence and Their Desire for Cannabis Impairment Detection Training

Publication Date : 06/12/2023

Author(s) :

Steven Boyd, Dr. Drew Hinton.

Volume/Issue :
Volume 3
Issue 1
(12 - 2023)

Abstract :

This article examines the differences between federal, state, and jurisdictional recreational cannabis laws and how these differences are creating challenges and risks for organizations. Research for this article was conducted by surveying 118 managers and supervisors from varying businesses across the U.S. to gauge their perspective on training needs when determining and confronting potential cannabis impairment in the workplace. Realizing managers and supervisors may not be knowledgeable of rapidly evolving state, district and jurisdictional cannabis laws, a brief training was provided to managers and supervisors, after which they were asked to answer some of the same questions to see if their responses were affected. This research revealed that managers and supervisors overwhelmingly want impairment detection training, access to Subject Matter Experts (SME’s), and resource material when needing to determine potential cannabis impairment in the workplace. This research also revealed that managers and supervisors have a very low confidence level in their ability to detect cannabis impairment in an employee. Gender plays a role in manager and supervisor stress level and desire for access to resource material to detect cannabis impairment. Organizations that review and amend their drug and alcohol policies to align and comply with changing cannabis laws, educate employees on the dangers of working while impaired, and develop robust cannabis impairment detection training for managers and supervisors will be best positioned to comply with state, district and jurisdictional law, and most importantly, keep their employees safe within the workplace.

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