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#1 2018-02-24 20:51:26

Registered: 2018-02-24
Posts: 48

Top 5 OSHA Infractions for Cannabis Businesses

Originally posted by: https://www.cannabisbusinessexecutive.c … usinesses/

Even though marijuana businesses are not federally supported, they still must adhere and comply to all federal laws and regulations for protecting their employees. Under the Occupational Safety and Health law, employers have a responsibility and obligation to provide a safe workplace.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is now very active in Colorado and other states where marijuana is legally sold. As many marijuana businesses have grown rapidly and mostly unchecked, compliance with OSHA is critical for a marijuana business to survive. Fines and citations proposed from OSHA are usually significant and can often close down businesses that are unable to absorb the financial impact.

Here are the top 5 OSHA Infractions observed via the Adherence SCORE App in 2016:

    The facility does not have a written Hazard Communication Plan that describes how it achieves compliance with: 1) labels on hazardous containers; 2) MSDSs for all chemicals and pesticides; and 3) hazardous chemical training for employees.
    All relevant employees have not been trained on hazardous materials in use at the facility prior to their initial work assignment and when new hazards are introduced, and documented as required.
    The facility does not have required OSHA documentation related to workplace injury, OSHA Form 300, or Form 301 if injuries have occurred, on file.
    The facility does not have a formal fire prevention plan (written with more than 10 employees) that addresses major hazards in the facility, accumulation of waste material, maintenance of heat-producing equipment and names and titles of employees responsible for various parts of the plan.
    Required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has not been evaluated and documented, along with associated training plans and verification for employees.

Recent OSHA Fines and Citations Proposed

Once OHSA becomes involved in an incident, the facility can be expected to have repeated inspections from the agency for the foreseeable future. Each visit can reveal additional infractions and potential OSHA citations. Ensuring strong compliance and an effective Hazard Communication Plan up front, along with documented training processes can save a business hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines, compliance and legal costs. Below are a few examples of OSHA citations and penalties. Many of these types of infractions are often found during compliance inspections at marijuana businesses:

    Blocked exits and exit routes, fire extinguisher locations not marked, electrical panels blocked: $156,772
    Investigated fire at facility, failed to maintain working fire extinguishers: $87,297
    Failure to guard electrical devices, provide standard railing and handrails, lack of an effective Hazard Communication Plan, exposing employees to electrical hazards, allowing build-up of combustible materials: $214,633
    Failing to report employee illness, exposing workers to infectious bacteria, failure to complete OSHA Form 301, failure to record injury or illness within seven (7) calendar days of occurrence, failure to provide requested records within four business hours: $1.9 million

Once citations from OSHA are received, businesses have 15 days to comply and may be called to an independent OSHA Review Commission meeting. Start by preparing for OSHA inspections today.


#2 2018-02-27 08:24:15

From: Myers Flat, CA
Registered: 2018-02-24
Posts: 19

Re: Top 5 OSHA Infractions for Cannabis Businesses

I really doubt rural farms in the middle of nowhere will be racking up any fine!
How are they supposed to enforce any of this on remote properties!

Myers Flat is Where its At........ Yea. We keep hearing that..


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