Amazon is removing Marijuana from their drug screening
Some of your best current employees and most promising prospective employees use marijuana on occasion or regularly. Recently, Amazon decided to significantly curb the use of pre-employment drug testing for marijuana, drawing attention to the increasing challenge of attracting, securing, and keeping qualified, quality employees.
Amazon’s official statement is below:
In the current realities of labor shortages, particularly hourly labor, and increased competition for quality workers at all levels, other companies will have to follow suit or risk losing valuable talent. And, as reflected by Amazon’s official statement, it has become increasingly apparent that pre-employment drug screening is no longer a viable option. It is hurting companies’ ability to hire and keep quality workers and locking millions of people out of the workplace due to off-hours marijuana use which is not a sustainable option for most industries.
This presents a real catch 22 as companies have a vested interest in ensuring workers arrive at their shift clear-headed and ready to perform their job safely and effectively and that workers remain clear-headed throughout the duration of their time at work. What supervisors need to know, and Amazon’s decision underscores this fact, isn’t whether someone opted to relax after work hours with cannabis gummies or instead chose a beer, but whether or not that worker is impaired when they arrive to work for their next shift.
Drug Policy Alliance (NPR)
Cognitive Impairment Testing For Consistent Application Of Company Policy
Fortunately, there is a solution! The AlertMeter® provides companies with an objective, cost-effective option for identifying real-time impairment from any cause, ensuring a non-discriminatory application of company policy relative to substances.
The simple to use device-based interface takes under 90 seconds to complete and compares a result back to a personal baseline. This means, unlike drug testing, AlertMeter® can’t be cheated, and the status of any employee is available immediately.
Independently verified data has shown that companies who have added the AlertMeter® to their safety and substance compliance protocols have demonstrated:
- 70% reduction in Workers’ Compensation claims
- 90% reduction in drug-testing costs (for companies choosing to eliminate random testing*)
- 35% reduction in worker turnover
- 11% improvement in productivity
* If your industry falls under certain regulations, your savings may be different. Executive Order 12564 and/or additional regulations from the Department of Transportation (DOT), Department of Defense (DOD), and Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
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