MIOSHA Launches Safety Program for Michigan's Growing Cannabis Sector

December 8th, 2023 Business & Industry
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Michigan's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) has launched a state emphasis program aimed at safeguarding employees in the burgeoning cannabis industry. This initiative comes in response to the rapid growth of the sector following the legalization of recreational cannabis in Michigan in 2018. The state now boasts over 1,000 dispensaries, in excess of 1,000 growers, and 228 processors. MIOSHA has identified these areas as having the highest frequency of occupational safety and health risks.

To address these concerns, MIOSHA has developed a dedicated cannabis safety webpage, offering a plethora of free resources. These include informative fact sheets and educational video sessions, in collaboration with the Michigan Cannabis Regulatory Agency, which is responsible for overseeing adult-use marijuana establishments and licensing.

The educational material provided covers a wide range of topics, including an overview of MIOSHA's Consultation Education and Training Division, guidelines on hazard communication, and the proper use of personal protective equipment. Additionally, the program offers two PowerPoint presentations designed specifically for employers in the cannabis industry. These modules cover critical aspects such as:

  • MIOSHA regulations applicable to new businesses.
  • Chemical exposure risks faced by workers.
  • Mandatory workplace posters.
  • Relevant MIOSHA rules in administrative, agriculture, general industry, and construction sectors that apply to cannabis businesses.
  • Protocols for reporting injuries and illnesses, and maintaining records.
  • Requirements for Safety Data Sheets.
  • Awareness of hazards like elevated noise levels and air contaminants.
  • Guidelines on respiratory protection.
  • Standards for sanitation.

Employers in the cannabis industry are encouraged to utilize MIOSHA's Consultative Assistance Program for help in identifying workplace hazards and training their workforce effectively. This proactive approach by MIOSHA is a significant step in ensuring the health and safety of workers in Michigan's rapidly evolving cannabis industry.

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