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The Guidelines Took Two Years To Draft, She Says, With Input From Industry Stakeholders And Safety Groups Like Osha.

Commercial operations now require more oversight than in 2014, when retail marijuana businesses first opened. Commercial operations now require more oversight than in 2014, when retail marijuana businesses first opened. Grow Depot Settles With EPA Over Unlabeled Bottles The guidelines are built around a compilation of regulations in similar industries that groups like the Environmental Protection Agency and OSHA have already implemented, and are nothing new to state and federal agencies, Smith adds. The guidelines took two years to draft, she says, with input from industry stakeholders and safety groups like OSHA. “Some of that stuff can be confusing no matter what industry you’re in, but this is more geared to marijuana,” she says. Colorado’s burgeoning commercial marijuana sector has faced its fair share of health-related issues since retail dispensaries opened in 2014. There have been over eighty cannabis recalls by the City of Denver alone since March 2015, when the Denver Department of Environmental Health began reprimanding commercial cultivators for using banned or unlabeled pesticides. Governor John Hickenlooper issued an executive order  in November 2015 directing Colorado state agencies to “address threats to public safety posed by marijuana contaminated by pesticide,” banning the use of off-label pesticides and applications of pesticides inconsistent with EPA label directions. The class will show industry members what federal regulations apply to cultivating marijuana and the medical marijuana worker-protection obligations that employers have under the law, according to an invite sent by the CDA; workers will learn about proper hazard communication, respiratory protection, machine guarding and ergonomics programs. Smith hopes that the CDA can hold future classes that dive deeper into certain industry issues and provide platforms to train workers around the state, and suggests that online courses could be in the works. “We definitely want additional training down the road,” she says. The class will run from 9 a.m.

To read more visit http://www.westword.com/marijuana/co-dept-of-agriculture-osha-hosting-marijuana-employee-safety-course-9116164

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