In order for the multi-billion dollar cannabis industry to continue its steady climb to domination within the American sin market, companies may need to slow their roll long enough to ensure employees are equipped with the necessary skills to maintain a safe and productive workplace. This is something that is presently lacking in some legal states, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine.
Researchers at Colorado State University recently conducted a survey consisting of several hundred of the state’s cannabis industry workers. What they found was most cannabis industry employees are not at all educated on the potential occupational hazards that come with the job. Nor are they trained on how to deal with these issues should they arise.
On a positive note, however, the study did find that the majority of the people currently employed in the cannabis trade are interested in turning this around. All they need is some internal support.
Nearly half of the respondents said they have yet to receive any training on how to handle chemicals and other potential vulnerabilities.
The study authors concluded that, “there is an imminent need to establish formal health and safety training to implement best practices.”
But the concerns over a lack of safety in the cannabis workplace should not fall solely on upper management. The study found that most cannabis employees are risking their own well being (and the livelihood of their co-workers) by showing up to work stoned and getting high on the clock. Although getting high on the job might seem par for the course, some of these workers are responsible for using chemicals and dangerous equipment that probably shouldn’t be handled under the influence of any intoxicating substance.