2019 AIHA Technical Symposium

  • Legal Cannibis: A Blunt Discussion of Health & Safety Issues in the Emerging Cannibis Industry and the Impact of Legal Adult Use in the Workplace
     April 18, 2019
     7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Legal Cannabis: A Blunt discussion of Health and Safety Issues in the Emerging Cannabis Industry and the Impact of Legal Adult Use in the Workplace

Where: SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
2575 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park CA 94025

The legal cannabis industry has emerged in 34 States as well as Canada and is posing Health and Safety challenges to businesses engaged in the cultivation, processing, and retailing of cannabis and cannabis products.  Legal adult use is also posing challenges to non-cannabis businesses as there is currently no legal definition of what constitutes “impairment.”  This one-day symposium will focus on identifying workplace safety hazards, exposure risks and mitigation strategies.exploring the standards around the country for determining what constitutes “cannabis impairment”, the legal ramifications and how employers are addressing these issues.

Speakers include Employment Attorneys, experts from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, Center for Disease Control and Prevention-National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, AIHA’s Cannabis Health & Safety Task Force, as well as professionals serving the Cannabis industry.

Learning Objectives:At the completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Recognize workplace hazards in the cannabis industry, including within the growing, harvesting, and processing environments
  • Identify necessary safety program components in the workplace, such as hazard assessments and personal protective equipment assessments
  • Discuss job types, activities, the scope of the cannabis workforce, and areas for future research
  • Better understand current legal employment landscape, Cal-OSHA issues, policies & procedures to keep employees safe
  • Understand impairment, drug testing, the relationship between safety sensitive and decision critical operations
  • Learn how different organizations are adjusting their labor policies until cannabis impairment can be better defined
  • Understand licensing and health & safety requirements for different types of cannabis operations

Who should attend: This educational activity is intended for:

  • Occupational and environmental health and safety professionals including
    • Occupational physicians
    • Occupational health nurses
    • Registered environmental health specialists
    • Industrial hygienists
    • Safety professionals
  • Cannabis industry personnel, including
    • Business owners,
    • Production Managers,
    • Facility Managers
  • Regulatory Agency personnel who may inspect cannabis facilities
  • Industry service personnel that may enter cannabis facilities, and
  • Human Resource professionals who may have workplaces that could be impacted by personnel that could potentially be “impaired.”



Manufactured Cannabis in California: An Overview of Licensing & Compliance

Renée Meyer

Science, Evaluation & CEQA Unit Chief

Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch

California Department of Public Health

Overview of the Emerging Cannabis Industry and AIHA’s Cannabis Industry Health and Safety Task Force

Rob Kleinerman, MPH, CIH

Kleinerman & Associates Environmental Health & Safety Consulting

Cannabis 2019

Reese Benton

Owner & Founder

Posh Green Collective

Identifying and Reducing Hazards in Cultivation Facilities- A Colorado Perspective

Roberta Smith MSPH, RN, CIC, COHN-S, CIH

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Cannabis and Employment Issues

Hieu Williams, J.D. & Daniel H. Dressman, J.D.

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani

Partner & Senior Counsel

Occupational Health Hazards in the Cannabis Industry and Recent NIOSH Hazard Evaluations at Cannabis-related Worksites

Douglas Weigand, PhD

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Assessment of Driving Impairment from Cannabis: Problems and Prospects


Michael J. Kosnett, MD, MPH

Associate Clinical Professor

Colorado School of Public Health

University of Colorado

Abstracts & bios are available at: https://aihancs.starchapter.com/images/downloads/2019_aiha_ncs_symposia_biosabstracts.pdf  

Continental breakfast, boxed lunch & snacks are included.

Parking is free.

Cancellations received prior to 12:00 PM, PST, April 15, 2018, will have course fees refunded, less a $75 administrative fee. No refunds will be made on cancellations received after that date.

Thank you to our sponsors:

BSI, FACS (Forensic Analytical), SGS Galson, Prestige Lens Lab & MediSHARE Environmental Health & Safety Services


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