Does OSHA Apply to the Cannabis Industry?
Despite a lack of federal regulation, OSHA has the jurisdiction to inspect cannabis agricultural, retail, and processing operations. In addition, they will cite companies for workplace violations, so now is the time to prepare your cannabis business for an OSHA inspection.
In fact, cannabis-related businesses have lost millions of dollars due to OSHA violations. Some of the most common citations relate to PPE for cannabis. To safeguard your business from citations and keep workers safe, your cannabis cultivation and processing business should assess potential workplace hazards, then train employees in the proper use of PPE. PPE for cannabis will help protect them from chemical, biological, and physical hazards on the job.
When workers encounter chemical compounds used in the production of cannabis, they can experience respiratory irritation, skin rashes, or chemical burns. Cannabis growers and processing workers may cross paths with chemical hazards like:
- Plant Nutrients
- Fungicides & Pesticides
- Carbon Monoxide
- Gasoline or other fuels
Mold is the most significant biological danger in cannabis production because the plants must be exposed to a certain level of humidity. These high humidity levels can encourage the growth of mold, which often causes allergic reactions or respiratory issues. In addition, concentrated cannabis resin can prompt allergic reactions like itchy skin or swollen eyes.
Extracting and processing plant matter often requires flammable substances alongside heavy equipment, high pressures, and potentially hazardous cleaning chemicals. Physical hazards of cannabis production can include:
- Farming or processing equipment that can injure workers
- Malfunction or misuse of pressurized processing equipment
- Exposure to flammable chemicals that may not wash off immediately
- Cleaning chemicals can cause skin and respiratory irritation
- Workers can be exposed to harsh outdoor conditions
Protect Workers from Hazards with Cannabis PPE
Stauffer Glove and Safety is a 5th-generation family-owned business that has grown from humble beginnings in 1907 into the largest safety and PPE business in the US. We have deep relationships with suppliers formed over several decades of service in the safety industry. We also have distribution centers strategically positioned near industrial centers to tailor customized services and local inventory to our customers’ specific needs. Rest assured that when you choose Stauffer for your cannabis PPE needs, you are putting your trust in the hands of a company whose number one priority is your safety.
Below are some of the most common PPE for cannabis production that we offer, but you can also view all of our cannabis PPE products here.
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