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Personal protective equipment: Medical cannabis safety talk

Personal protective equipment Medical cannabis safety talk

Personal protective equipment (PPE) plays a crucial role in the medical cannabis industry as is the same for many others. Here we will look at PPE necessary for the industry.

Protective clothing:

  • To reduce contact with plant buds including THC as well as any chemicals on the plants, proper protective clothing should be worn
  • Plants can be sensitizers as well as contribute to allergy issues
  • In addition to this type of exposure protective clothing can help in protection from UV lighting as well
  • Clothing to consider for various tasks:
    • Long sleeve shirts
    • Pants
    • Closed toed shoes
    • Gloves
    • Wide brim hats

Respiratory protection:

  • Respiratory protection may differ for various steps of the process and in addition to this protection, proper gas monitoring should be in place where needed
  • Respirators used may vary from an N95 disposable mask to PAPR (powered air purifying respirator)
  • Air monitoring tests should be performed to determine when and what type of protection should be used

Eye and face protection:

  • Eye and face protection should be worn any time there may be flying particles or chemicals in the work area including THC
  • This may be covered if the employee is wearing a full-face respirator however should be considered if not
  • Consideration of excessive UV rays should be determined and addressed as well

Assessing and deciding on protection for each of these areas is a critical step in ensuring employee safety. There may be additional areas of PPE that should be considered as well. Do an assessment of your work area and ensure that all necessary PPE is in place and used properly.

Disclaimer:

This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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