02-07-17 CDPHE: Health department publishes first “Guide for Worker Safety and Health in Marijuana Industry”

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CDPHE: Health department publishes first “Guide for Worker Safety and Health in Marijuana Industry”

DENVER—The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recently released a comprehensive guide for worker safety and health in the marijuana industry. The guide gives employers in the marijuana industry an overview of existing federal, state and local regulations to help them develop a workplace safety program.

“This first-of-its-kind guide compiles state and federal regulations and best practices that can be put into place to address hazards unique to the marijuana industry,” said Roberta Smith, manager of the Occupational Health Program at the department. “Slips, trips and falls are hazards common to every industry, but the marijuana industry has special considerations. For example, fires and explosions can occur during production of marijuana extracts and lead to fatal injuries.”

Many of the hazards associated with marijuana cultivation are similar to those in other indoor agricultural practices, but this guide was created specifically to address worker safety in the marijuana industry. Using the standards and best practices outlined in the guide, employers can develop programs to protect the health and safety of their workers.

The guide was created by the Colorado Marijuana Occupational Health and Safety Workgroup, which includes epidemiologists, doctors, industrial hygienists, safety professionals, industry leaders and regulatory specialists.

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