Medical Marijuana: What Employees Need to Know

Last month, we hosted an Occupational Health Insights panel focused on medical marijuana in the workplace. Comprised of several health industry professionals, including PRIME’s medical director and founder, Dr. Luke Lee, panelists discussed the topic and the countless things employers should be aware of.

With Louisiana’s medical marijuana program starting earlier this year, many participants were interested in its potential impact. The discussion covered several potential problem areas including insurance coverage, workers’ compensation and the enforcement of pre-existing company policies. “A lot of companies feel an ethical responsibility not only to protect their workers but also the community,” said Dr. Lee.

Read The Advocate’s coverage of the panel here.

Flu Season Tips

During this time of the year, it is extremely important to keep your health in check. Every year, a large number of people fall ill to the flu virus, preventing them from working and enjoying everyday activities. While we cannot ensure that you won’t catch the virus, we can provide some tips that will help prevent the flu from spreading.

To prevent the spread of the seasonal flu, follow these steps:

  • Get your annual flu shot. While this may sound obvious, several people skip out on this vaccination every year. Why not be cautious and lower your chances of catching it?
  • If you have already fallen ill to the flu, remember to stay away from others. This means no work or other public activities. It is important to note that once symptoms cease, you should remain in isolation for 24 hours. After that, you’re good to return to your regular schedule.
  • If you have to interact with someone who has the flu, please wear gloves and an N95 mask. This might sound extreme, but it is a necessary precaution if you want to remain healthy.
  • Whether dealing with someone who has the flu or with someone who is seemingly healthy, always wash your hands with warm water before and after interacting with anyone. Carrying a bottle of hand sanitizer around is never a bad idea during this time of year.

We hope these tips encourage you to think smart and remain healthy during this time of the year!

PRIME Employees Achieve ISNetworld Certification

We are very excited to announce that two of our team members, Jessica Nabors and Nicholas Michel, have completed their ISNetworld user training. With only 150 certified users, this is an accomplishment we’re extremely proud of. 

Michel said, “The training involved not only the contractor side of ISNetworld, but also the hiring client side. This gives us a better understanding of what our clients are looking for when they log into their account.” 

ISNetworld is an industry-leading online contractor and supplier management platform of data-driven products and services that help manage risk and strengthen relationships. With certified ISNetworld users, we show our clients PRIME’s commitment to understanding their needs.

“Our ISNetworld training shows how dedicated we are to understanding what our clients are looking for. This certification is just another thing that we do to set ourselves apart while showing that PRIME puts its client’s needs first,” says Nabors. 

Federal CCF Update

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
New Federal Custody & Control Forms must be used after June 30, 2018

Dear Clients:Please note that according to the Department of Transportation, “After June 30, 2018, you are required to use the newly revised Federal CCF.”

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Employers should consider a prescription drug use policy to avoid lawsuits.

If your workers are engaged in safety-sensitive duties, know if they are using prescription medications.

The issue of privacy has become a matter of paramount importance in modern life, particularly with regards to medical issues.

Health care professionals and their assistants are constrained from revealing a person’s medical history and treatment without the express permission of their patients. However, in the workplace, liability can attach to an employer if an employee causes an accident, and the issue of liability can be exacerbated if the employee was impaired by an undetected use or misuse of legal prescription drugs. It’s a good idea for employers in safety-sensitive industries to be proactively aware if their employees are using prescription medication that may physically and mentally impair them.

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