Colorado Releases Guide to Marijuana Workers Safety and Health

Colorado officials have released the Guide to Worker Safety and Health in the Marijuana Industry.

According to the guide’s official intro, it is “intended to help assist employers in the marijuana industry build occupational safety and health programs.” It was created by a Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment working group that included “epidemiologists, medical doctors, industrial hygienists, safety professionals, and regulatory specialists” According to the guide, this resulted in “a thorough review of the potential occupational safety and health issues in the industry”.

The guide points out that it doesn’t introduce any new regulations for the cannabis instead. Rather, it includes details about current regulations and best industry practices (using both state and federal guidelines).

Click here for the full Guide to Worker Safety and Health in the Marijuana Industry.

Below is more information about the working group that created the guide, including a full list of those involved:

The Colorado Marijuana Occupational Health and Safety Work Group is a multidisciplinary group that was convened to draw on expertise and experiences of many professionals in the Colorado community. The committee included professionals with a variety of skill sets, including epidemiologists, medical doctors, industrial hygienists, safety professionals, and regulatory specialists, which resulted in a thorough review of the potential occupational safety and health issues in the industry. The larger committee had several subcommittees that contributed to the production of this document. As the committee continues to meet, it is the intention that this guide will continue to grow to add information on how the industry can continue to address safety and health issues.

We would like to thank the following people and their respective organizations for their participation in the Colorado Marijuana Occupational Health and Safety Work Group:

Associates in Occupational and Environmental Health, LLC

Cynthia Ellwood, Ph.D., CIH, FAIHA

Boulder County Department of Public Health

Bill Hayes

Mike Richen, CIH

Ambra Sutherlin

Center for Worker Health and Environment, University of Colorado

Lee Newman, MD, MA

Liliana Tenney, MPH

C&IH Ventilation Engineering

Bill Mele, CIEC

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Dara Burris, MPH

Mike Van Dyke, Ph.D.,CIH

Roberta Smith, RN, MSPH, CIH

Shannon Barbare

Chris Lane

Megan Snow, MS, CHES

Elyse Contreras, MPH

Edward Smith

Meredith Towle, MPH

City of Aurora

Dave Jeary, MS, CSP

City of Longmont

Michelle Cogswell

Colorado Department of Agriculture

Mike Rigirozzi

Laura Quakenbush, Ph.D.

John Scott

Guide to Worker Safety and Health in the Marijuana Industry: 2017

Colorado State University

Gwenith Fisher, Ph.D

Joshua Schaeffer, Ph.D, MS

Kevin Walters, MS

Colorado State University- OSHA Consultation Program

Casey Barnes, MS, CSP

Del Sandfort, CIH

Layne Sargent, MS, CIH

Denver Environmental Health

Emily Backus

Janet Burgesser

Kirk Whitehead

Good Chemistry

Laura Davis

Green Hygiene, LLC

Sarah Kaiman, CIH, CHMM

Integrated Occupational Health and Safety-
Doug Herrick, CIH, CSP

Jeff Pothast & Associates INC.

Jeff Pothast, CIH

Marijuana Industry Group

National Jewish Health

Lisa Barker, CCRC, MPH

Alison Welch, MS

NIOSH Western States Office

Elizabeth Dalsey

Max Kiefer, MS, CIH

Bradley King, Ph.D., MPH, CIH

The OSHA Connection, LLC

Jolene Donahue, CSHS, OT

Pinnacol Assurance

Allison Hoskins, AINS

Guide to Worker Safety and Health in the Marijuana Industry: 2017

TriCounty Health Department

Michele Kinshella, MS, CIH

University of Colorado- Department of Environmental & Occupational Health

John Adgate, Ph.D., MSPH

University of Colorado- Occupational Health Residency

Brian Williams, MD

University of Colorado Denver

Marty Otañez, Ph.D.,

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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