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January 2018

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Cannabis: Workplace Health and Safety

As of January 1, adults 21 and older in California can buy cannabis for recreational use. What does this mean for worker health and safety – for cannabis producers and all workplaces? The Occupational Health Branch has begun to look into this question, starting with identifying what has been done already.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently released a Health Hazard Evaluation Report on cannabis harvesting and processing.

In California, the Department of Pesticide Regulation has released Legal Pest Management Practices for Cannabis Growers. Colorado and Washington State have published reports and guidance for employers and workers in the cannabis industry, while Canada has written recommendations for updating workplace health and safety policies to address cannabis use.

On March 29, the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) will host a one-day symposium with continuing education credits that focuses on workplace safety hazards, exposure risks, and mitigation strategies within the cannabis industry.

General information about cannabis and health is available on the California Department of Public Health’s "Let's Talk Cannabis" website.

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Cannabis plants in pots stand inside under a grow lamp.

An indoor cannabis grow operation visited by OHB.


Resources

NIOSH Cannabis Harvesting Health Hazard Report

Legal Pest Management Practices for Cannabis Growers (California)

Guide to Cannabis Worker Safety & Health (Colorado)

Cannabis Industry Safety & Health (Washington)

Workplace Strategies: Risk of Impairment from Cannabis (Canada)

COEH Event on March 29: The Buzz on Cannabis

Let's Talk Cannabis – CDPH Website

The Occupational Health Branch

OHB improves California worker health and safety through prevention activities. We gather information on job hazards, test new approaches to prevent worker injury and illness, and help make changes at the workplace.

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