Common OSHA Citations in the Cannabis Industry: Hazard Communication Plan

Are you a cannabis cultivator, processor, or involved in another part of the legal cannabis industry? Even though the Federal government does not recognize the legality of cannabis, OSHA still has jurisdiction to check cannabis worksites (agricultural, processing, and retail) and cite companies for workplace violations. Is your cannabis business prepared for a visit from OSHA? Some of the most common citations relate to Workplace Hazard Communication Plans.

Does your cannabis business have a hazard communication plan in place? Are the pesticides, fungicides and other chemicals in your workplace properly identified, labelled and stored? Are your Safety Data Sheets displayed and managed?  Do you have a training program set up for your employees so they understand the hazardous materials in their workplace and handle them safely?

Failure to have a compliant hazard communication plan in place can result in an OSHA violation that is avoidable.  RHP Risk Management can help your business develop a hazard communication plan, evaluate and audit your plan, and assist in training your employees so that your business is OSHA compliant when it comes to hazard communication.

RHP Risk helps our clients access risk in the workplace, especially risk as related to OSHA standards, and mitigate that risk and increase safety. We can help you be prepared for a visit from OSHA and help avoid them altogether by helping you create a safe work environment and protect your workers’ health and safety. If you are interested in RHP Risk Management’s health and safety services related to the cannabis industry, visit: or call Jason Lang, CIH, CSP at (773) 867-6002.