Wildfire Smoke Brings New Rules for Cannabis and Hemp

In another move affecting hemp and cannabis producers, Washington has filed an emergency set of rules for protecting workers from wildfire smoke. As drought and high temperatures persist in the western United States, large wildfires regularly create smoke that presents a hazard to workers. Labor and Industries (L&I) is following California’s lead in making permanent…

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Workplace Safety for Budtenders

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Cannabis workplaces are complicated. Farms can be engaged in many different processes that cover everything from pesticides to deliveries. But retails stores and dispensaries also face a unique set of hazards. Employers have a legal responsibility to protect their employees from those hazards. The retail environment can hold many simple hazards likes ladders use, slips,…

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The Importance of Day 1 Training

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In the cannabis and hemp industries, employees make all the difference. As an employer, you have a legal responsibility to make sure that those employees have the workplace safety training they need before they start any job. In a complicated workplace that can mean covering many different topics from accident prevention to pesticide application. Unfortunately,…

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Washing Ag Department announces independent pesticide enforcement.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture confirmed in an email distributed through their new listserv that they recently began conducting routine unannounced pesticide inspections at cannabis grow facilities. During these visits the Department of Agriculture may or may not be accompanied by the liquor and cannabis board. They warn that if pesticide violations are found…

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