On May 31, 2017, the Colorado Department of Agriculture emailed an update on cannabis production, announcing that the Colorado School of Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are holding a safety training event for marijuana cultivation workers on June 28 at the CU Anschutz Campus in Aurora.
At the beginning of 2017, the CDPHE published a comprehensive guidebook for worker safety and health in the marijuana industry. The safety training on June 28 will crack open the guidebook’s recommendations, training employers and marijuana cultivation workers in best practices for workplace safety and health.
The event’s main objectives include the following: discuss the application of federal regulations to state-legal marijuana cultivation, such as understanding employer obligations regarding workers’ rights and labor laws; address tools to recognize, evaluate and resolve occupational workplace hazards; and study example occupational health and safety programs, such as respiratory protection, ergonomics programs and hazard communication, among others.
While hazards in the marijuana industry can be similar to those in agricultural industries, the marijuana industry faces some distinct health and safety challenges, like airborne exposure to biological hazards and fires caused by low-hanging grow lights.
Considering a recent study found that 23% of Colorado’s marijuana workers lack health and safety training, the upcoming safety training in Aurora for marijuana cultivation workers presents marijuana employers and employees with a quality educational opportunity.
The one-day training program costs $25 and will be led by experts in personal protective equipment as well as professionals from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, CDPHE and safety consultation agencies.
You can register online for the event.