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Cannabis Industry Safety & Health - Producers/Growers (Marijuana)

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Employers need to keep workers safe from hazardous levels of air contaminants, such as carbon dioxide, by monitoring the air quality.

Producers are businesses that grow marijuana plants for the purpose of harvesting and curing the flowers (aka buds). Growing can be done indoors or outdoors.

Typical agricultural hazards such as outdoor heat exposure and pesticide handling are found during this stage and possibly some less frequently encountered ones associated with the following:

  • Air enrichment with carbon dioxide in an indoor environment using tanks of compressed carbon dioxide, burners, or dry ice, and other methods.
  • Planting, growing, and cultivating indoors where there may be improperly wired equipment, damaged electrical plug cords, or outlets.
  • Using equipment with exposed rotating, cutting or pinching hazards, to process and destroy waste plant products.

Marijuana producers must take steps to protect workers from these and all other hazards during production.

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For general information, call 1-800-423-7233.

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