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Congressman Files Bill To Prevent Marijuana Impairment For Government Workers

A GOP congressman filed a bill to create a federal workforce training program meant to provide government employers with information about the impacts of on-duty impairment from marijuana and other drugs, as well as best practices for substance use prevention.

Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT) introduced the legislation, titled the “Preventing Impairment in the Workplace Act,” late last month.

The proposal would authorize the secretary of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to study programs designed to “educate employers, workers, and relevant workplace populations” on the use of cannabis, opioids and other drugs on the job.

That research would involve looking into prevention strategies and safety risks from on-duty marijuana impairment.

The department would further be tasked with developing a “workplace training program to be made available to full-time and part-time employees and individuals employed by a State or the Federal Government.” It would need to create that program in consultation with a national non-profit organization “with relevant experience.”

The program would similarly cover the impacts of on-the-job impairment from cannabis and other substances, the need for prevention policies, “signs and symptoms” of impairment, how to employers should respond to perceived impairment and guidance on “relevant laws and

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