The cannabis industry is still maturing and defining standards. One of the places that the industry was lacking initially was in educating workers in workplace hazards. The industry has many of the same hazards as others, but it does have some that are unique. That was the main reason behind the development on the NCRMA’s Cannabis Occupational Safety & Health courses (or COSH courses as we like to call them). The courses were designed to teach cannabis professionals of the most common hazards and how to control them. Nobody should get hurt at work and each business should prioritize injury prevention and keeping their employees healthy.

The COSH curriculum covers all the major hazards of a cannabis workplace.

Cannabis Sanitation and Hygiene – This course covers the major microbiological and chemical hazards in a cannabis operation and how proper hygiene and sanitation can prevent and mitigate these hazards

Intro to Cannabis Occupational Safety & Health – This course gives the student an introduction to OSHA rules, standards, and enforcement. It also explains how to develop a business’s safety program.

The courses COSH: Biological & Chemical Hazards and COSH: Physical Hazards identify the major hazards in the cannabis workplace and goes over best practices and standards to prevent and mitigate these hazards.

Cannabis 6S – 6S (otherwise known as 5S + Safety) is a system that aims to promote and sustain a high level of productivity and safety throughout a workspace. While adhering to the 5S principle of Sort, Set in order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain, the 6S method adds the concept of Safety. 6S not only helps cannabis organizations promote efficient working environments but also establishes a sustainable culture of safety.

Because of the unique repetitive motions in cannabis operation, there are musculoskeletal disorders the workers face that can turn into lifelong disabilities. In order to combat these hazards, the NCRMA developed four courses with our service partner Atlas Therapy. Dr. Hughes of Atlas Therapy believes workers are ‘Industrial Athletes’ and describes how to protect them and optimize their performance. The ergonomic courses are Introduction to Cannabis Ergonomics, Lift Like a PRO, Prune Like a PRO, and Trim Like a PRO.

While it’s impossible to predict and prevent all hazards to workers, these COSH courses cover all major hazards found in a cannabis businesses workplace. Keep yourself, your workplace, and your coworkers & employees safe by educating yourself. Stay safe out there everyone!

Alex Hearding
Chief Risk Management Officer

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