Health & Safety for Marijuana Businesses
Just like any business, it pays to invest in worker safety, satisfaction and growth. And, Health & Safety plans are required in just about every state's cannabis application process. All things considered, Health & Safety will remain fairly high on the list of priorities for every cannabis cultivation investor and business operator.
The cannabis business is notorious for undervaluing its workers because they are so easy to come by. During the illegal days of the past, workers were easy to find because the jobs paid a cushy risk premium per hour. Now workers are easy to find because of the social prestige that comes along with being involved in the burgeoning and fashionable industry. This does not mean it’s a good idea to pay low wages and settle for high turnover! More money will be made in the long run by investing in highly qualified employees and paying them well, thereby giving them a reason to care about product quality and the success of the business.
Worker safety is a fairly simple topic to address in legal grow operations. You mostly just need to follow the rules of the local government that all businesses follow. The few things that are unique to cannabis cultivation sites are the use of certain dangerous substances, such as Co2 in high concentrations, ozone, and pesticides. Besides that, the other risks revolve around exposure to blades used during the trimming process, and lighting systems and electricity.
HID lights get up to nearly 1000 degrees Fahrenheit at the bulb when fully ignited. This can be a risk for causing burns or fires if workers are handling bulbs or if a light falls. Fluorescent bulbs are much cooler than HID’s, but they carry the risk of easy breakage which releases toxic mercury gas and shards of glass into the immediate vicinity. (Yes, we are LED fans!)
Then, there are some basic site rules in place due to both regulations and common sense: Employees should wear overalls or scrubs on the job, with gloves and some kind of hair cover.
If you need clarification on any Marijuana Health & Safety guidelines, or help crafting a Health & Safety plan for a cannabis operation, contact us.
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