Medical Marijuan The Occupational Safety And Health Act Of 1970 ( Osha Act )
University of Nevada Las Vegas
Medical Marijuana in the Hospitality Workplace
“The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA Act was passed to assure safe and healthful working conditions for workers. The OSHA Act implements and enforces standards to reduce and prevent occupational safety and work hazards at places of employment. This law requires employers to provide their employees with safe working conditions that are free from known dangers”
The use of marijuana (medical or recreational) can affect the workplace and potentially lead to productivity loss and an increase of workplace accidents. As an employer, you have the responsibility to comply with the OSHA to “maintain conditions or adopt practices reasonably necessary and appropriate to protect workers on the job.” An employee that is impaired due to marijuana use while working may be a danger to himself, the business, and other employees.
Employers, striving to maintain a productive and safe workplace must comply with state and federal regulations, and protect their employees’ rights. With the new medical marijuana laws (as of November 16,’, 28 states and DC have legalized the use of Medical Marijuana ) we will explore how the increased use of medical marijuana affects employment law in the hospitality industry in Nevada .
OSHA identifies multiple branches and businesses in the hospitality industry to have a more likeliness of work related incidents,…