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NIOSH 1/29/21 Webinar: Cannabis & Workers’ Compensation: Now What?


Evolving cannabis research and regulations may impact the future of work in several ways, as highlighted in a recent National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) blog, Cannabis and Work: Implications, Impairment, and the Need for Further Research. (https://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2020/06/15/cannabis-and-work/#:~:text=%20NIOSH%20is%20exploring%20workers%20compensation%20issues%20pertaining,marijuana%20used%20to%20treat%20a%20work-related…%20More%20)

The NIOSH Total Worker Health ® Program and Center for Workers’ Compensation Studies hosted a webinar on January 29, 2021 where workers’ compensation (WC) system thought leaders further discussed the current status and future directions of related WC cannabis topics:

How public policy guides the use of cannabis in the treatment of work injuries.
Research on potential uses in workers’ compensation.
Impact of cannabis use on workplace safety and health and compensability.

Speakers included Dr. John Howard (NIOSH), Jennifer Wolf (International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions, IAIABC), Raji Chadarevian (National Council on Compensation Insurance, NCCI), and John Ruser (Workers Compensation Research Institute, WCRI). The webinar was moderated by Jamie Osborne (NIOSH) and Steve Wurzelbacher (NIOSH). The intended audience for this webinar was occupational safety and health researchers, practitioners, medical providers, and workers’ compensation administrators.

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