US (NM): State doubles workplace safety staff as cannabis industry launches

In the past seven years, the state’s Occupational Health and Safety Bureau has conducted just eight on-site inspections of medical cannabis facilities.

But with sales of adult-use cannabis starting Friday, more cannabis production, manufacturing and retail facilities are set to develop and expand — and so will the number of Occupational Health and Safety Bureau on-site inspections.

On Wednesday, the state Environment Department, which oversees OHSB, announced the number of employees in that bureau has grown from 28 to 64.
 
Part of that growth is in preparation for the rollout of the new cannabis companies. However, the 19 staff members who eventually will work as inspectors will not all focus on cannabis, OHSB Chief Bob Genoway said Wednesday. Some will be tasked with inspections in the oil and gas and construction industries, among other places, he said. 

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