Guidelines and regulations continue to change and evolve making operational compliance in the cannabis industry complicated and confusing, no matter what type of cannabis business you own and manage. Just like the dispensaries and retail stores, cultivation sites and grow rooms also have legal requirements they must follow or risk heavy financial consequences.
Make safety a priority
There are various biological, chemical, and physical hazards present at cannabis cultivation sites and the safety and health of employees should be prioritized to avoid illness and injury. To avoid an OSHA violation and/or a workplace incident, it’s important to perform a job hazard analysis, create a workplace safety program, and train employees on identifying hazards and how to remedy them. Should an incident occur, you may be required to report it to OSHA. Check with your insurance provider’s loss prevention specialist to determine your reporting requirements.
Adhere to pesticide & chemical usage regulations
Each state has specific pesticide usage, storage, and application requirements that all pesticide handlers must follow. Additionally, OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard requires a business that handles chemicals to train staff on safety data sheets, classifications, and labels. Reference the EPA’s Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides for details on how to keep your employees safe and keep your business compliant with pesticide and chemicals usage.
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