A Florida cannabis company announced Thursday that it has reached a voluntary agreement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and will help the agency study issues surrounding hazardous chemicals in marijuana production.
Trulieve Cannabis Corp. was originally fined $35,219 for three serious violations, two of which were withdrawn: “safety data sheets” and providing training under OSHA’s hazard communication standard. The remaining citation, which identified the standard for listing “hazardous chemicals,” was replaced with a citation about conducting a hazard analysis. The fine was reduced to $14,502, according to the Tallahassee-based company.
Under the agreement, Trulieve says it will conduct a study to determine whether ground cannabis dust needs to be classified as a “hazardous chemical”; in the occupational environment, according to OSHA regulations. The work on the study must be completed on May 29, 2023.
Pending the results of the study, Trulieve says it will design and implement an interim information and education program warning employees about potential allergic reactions they may experience when working with ground cannabis dust in an occupational setting. The program will include information on actions employees should take if they experience symptoms of allergies related to ground cannabis dust.