The Buzz on Cannabis: Health & Safety in the Workplace

Thursday, March 29, 2018 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM (Pacific Time)


The scope of cannabis cultivation, processing, and retailing is changing and expanding throughout California. This one-day symposium will focus on identifying workplace safety hazards, exposure risks, and mitigation strategies within the cannabis industry.


Speakers include experts from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, California Department of Public Health, Center for Disease Control and Prevention/The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Western States Division, California Growers Association, United Food and Commercial Workers, UC San Francisco, and UC Davis.


Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration: $325.00

Standard Registration: $385.00

Late Registration: $435.00


A limited number of discounted seats for full-time students are available. Government employees and union members may also be eligible for a discount. Early bird registration ends December 20, 2017.


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
  • Apply safety programs 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
  • Identify ergonomic issues in California cannabis farms
  • Name cardiovascular effects from secondhand smoke exposure, including vaping
  • Describe exposure risks of secondhand cannabis smoke and vaping emissions in public spaces and dispensaries



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

CDR Bradley S. King, PhD, MPH, CIH

Environmental Health Officer, U.S. Public Health Service; Industrial Hygienist, Center for Disease Control and Prevention / National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Western States Division


Learning Objectives

  • Review known hazards of cannabis growing, harvesting, and processing activities
  • Identify areas of concern requiring more research about occupational hazards in the industry
  • Discuss methods, results, findings, and recommendations from the health hazard evaluations NIOSH has conducted at cannabis growing and processing worksites


Identifying and Reducing Hazards in Cultivation Facilities

Roberta Smith, RN, MSPH, CIC, CIH

Occupational Health Program Manager, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment


Learning Objectives

  • Identify key components to perform hazard assessments and personal protective equipment assessments
  • Apply safety programs to the workplace
  • Discuss specific workplace hazards and how they can be mitigated
  • Use the hierarchy of controls in the workplace to reduce or eliminate identified hazards


Emerging from the Shadows: Understanding the Cannabis Workforce, Past, Present and Future

Hezekiah D. Allen

Executive Director of the California Growers Association


Learning Objectives

  • Review the job types and specific activities conducted by workers in the cannabis industry
  • Describe the scope (estimated) of the cannabis workforce in CA
  • Discuss potential changes in the cannabis industry and to industry workers with the emergence of regulations


Secondhand Smoke from Marijuana: Return of a Familiar Problem

Matthew L. Springer, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, School of Medicine, UC San Francisco


Learning Objectives

  • Identify the similarities and differences between tobacco and marijuana smoke
  • Describe how arterial function is affected by tobacco and marijuana smoke
  • Differentiate between combustion smoke and leaf vaporizer aerosol and how this may influence the effects of exposure on health


Ergonomic Challenges in California Cannabis Farms

Fadi Fathallah, Ph.D.

Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, UC Davis

Farzaneh Khorsandi, Ph.D.

Agricultural Safety and Health Extension Specialist, UC Davis Cooperative Extension


Exposures to Second Hand Cannabis in Public Places and Dispensaries in the Bay Area

Peter A. Jaques, Ph.D.

California Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Lab, Indoor Air Quality Section


Q&A Session

Hezekiah D. Allen, Executive Director of the California Growers Association and James Araby, Executive Director of the United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council



Industrial Hygienists

ABIH® Diplomates can earn up to 5 of contact hours for this event. Visit /maintain-certification/cm-credit-education-events for more information.



The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 12983, for five contact hours.


Registered Environmental Health Specialists (REHS)

This course has been approved for 5 contact hours, REHS. COEH-CE is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) Program Continuing Education Accreditation Agency approved by the California Department of Public Health.


Safety Professionals

Certified Safety Professionals may be eligible to earn up to 5 contact hours, or 0.5 Continuing of Certification (COC) points by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.  Visit for more information.


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Pauley Ballroom, Bancroft Way

University of California, Berkeley

2475 Bancroft Way

Berkeley, California  94720