Employee Safety in Horticulture

The thought of human safety for indoor commercial plant producers is probably not something that is at the forefront of most people’s minds. However, pesticide exposure, chlorine inhalation, cannabis extraction, and heavy machinery use are all significant hazards that employees and growers in the industry are acutely aware of and have worked hard to mitigate.

Pesticides – designed to destroy organisms and insects that are harmful to plants, can lead to poisoning when not properly handled. Mild poisoning can cause nausea, headaches and irritation. Severe poisoning can lead to chemical burns, inability to breath, and death in the most extreme of cases.

Chlorine is often used to clean water systems and lines between harvests and has led to various digestive, circulatory and respiratory issues through inhalation and skin exposure.

And an issue directly related to the cannabis industry – THC and CBD extraction, is a process that uses highly flammable chemical compounds that have led to explosions as well as asphyxiation when not properly managed.

As the amount of licensed marijuana businesses continue to increase across the United States, employee and operational safety has become a top priority for many.

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed an industry safety and health bill for cannabis operations on September 30, 2018 that requires at least one supervisor and one employee to successfully complete a 30-hour OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) safety training for businesses receiving or renewing cannabis licenses.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has a guide for worker safety and health in the marijuana industry.

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