AIHA-NCS Symposia April 18, 2019

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

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 within the cannabis industry as well as explore the standards around the country for determining what constitutes “cannabis impairment”, the legal ramifications and how employers are addressing these issues.

Speakers include experts from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Center for Disease Control and Prevention / The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Western States Division, California Growers Association, American Industrial Hygiene Association’s Cannabis Health & Safety Task Force as well as other 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
  • Understand some of the legal, licensing and health & safety requirements for different types of cannabis operations
  • Understand 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.

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:  

Continental breakfast, boxed lunch & snacks are included.

Parking is free.  

Thank you to our sponsors:


and MediSHARE Environmental Health & Safety Services

MediSHARE Environmental Health & Safety Services- Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 14069 for 7.5 contact hours. 

BCSP & ABIH® Diplomates should review their attendance, course content and ABIH/BCSP requirements to claim CM credit for this event.  See for more information.

Cancellations received prior to 12:00 PM, PST, April 12, 2016 will have course fees refunded, less a $50 administrative fee. No refunds will be made on cancellations received after that date.  SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is a United States Department of Energy National Laboratory operated by Stanford University – the possession or use of cannabis on SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory property is prohibited.


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$210.00 AIHA-NCS Member Price
$185.00 Earlybird rate before April 12

$235.00 Non-Member Price
$210.00 Earlybird rate before April 12

$85.00 Student Price
$60.00 Earlybird rate before April 12

$120.00 Emeritus/Retiree Price
$95.00 Earlybird rate before April 12

$175.00 Government Price
$150.00 Earlybird rate before April 12

$245.00 Walk-In Day Of Event


Donate to the Developing World Outreach Initiative (DWOI) and Help Make a Difference!!

Your donations and assistance allow you to do what matters and enables the activities of the Developing World Outreach Initiative (DWOI).

Do you prefer that your charitable donation goes straight to a worthy organization that needs it? With no administrative fees or overhead?

Here's your chance to donate directly to an occupational health and safety cause that matters and has made an impact. This year, DWOI volunteers have screened numerous applications from international non-governmental organizations and universities and awarded five $500 training grants and three $2,000 technical grants, but there are still additional worthy projects awaiting funding! We have exhausted all available technical grant funds contributed by National AIHA ($6,000) and training grant funds contributed by AIHA NCS member David Kahane ($2,500) along with remaining historical DWOI funds.

We are asking for donations from you,  AIHA NCS members,  to try to raise $2,000 to fund the following runner up projects:

-Two training grants ($500 each)  for safety training for farm workers in Kenya and electronic workers in Mexico.

-One technical grant ($1,000) for an assessment of DDT application practices for malaria eradication in Uganda.

If we can also raise an additional $500 to match David Kahane's generous $2,500 donation,  DWOI can do even more good work!

Here are three ways you can donate (remember donations of any amount help):

1. Come to the July 21, 2015 AIHA NCS dinner meeting at Michael's in Mountain View, CA and bring cash or your checkbook. DWOI Chair Richard Hirsh will gladly accept your donation.

2. Mail a tax deductible donation check marked for DWOI but, payable to "New Ways to Work c/o Garret Brown at PO Box 124 Berkeley, CA 94701.

3. Mail a non-tax deductible check marked for DWOI but, payable to "AIHA-NCS" c/o Leslie B. Lawton, We Produce 125 Connemara Way #141 Sunnyvale, CA 94087.

We sincerely appreciate your support.

From the DWOI Technical and Training Grant Screening Subcommittee Volunteers:
Garrett Brown
Perry Gottesfeld
Karen Gunderson
Richard Hirsh

David Zalk