Hawkeye Safety offers health & safety training for the cannabis industry.

OSHA Regulations that may apply include, but are not limited to:

  • Electrical Hazards
  • Exposures to Airborne Contaminants
  • Flammable Liquids and Gases
  • Hazard Communication
  • Hazardous Energy – Lockout/Tagout
  • Heat Illness Prevention
  • Injury and Illness Prevention Program
  • Machine Hazards
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Point of Operation Hazards
  • Pressure Vessels
  • Prohibition of Smoking in the Workplace
  • Repetitive Motion Injuries
  • Sanitation and Pest Control
  • Slips, Trips, Falls and Use of Ladders

Did you know that currently 36 states have legalized marijuana in some capacity?

Did you know that currently 36 states have legalized marijuana in some capacity? As one of America’s fastest growing industries, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has started to take notice and there are new regulations developing every day impacting employers in the cannabis industry.

In June of 2018 a cannabis manufacturing company was cited by Cal/OSHA for 10 violations with over $50,000 in fines. After failing to test the atmosphere inside one of their containers for flammable gases and vapors, an employee using a propane powered extraction machine suffered serious burns when the propane ignited and caused an explosion.

OSHA Training

By taking the time to properly train your employees, executing the appropriate testing, and implementing protection plans, you can rest assured that you have protected your staff from all health and safety hazards as required.
At Hawkeye Safety, our team of dedicated safety professionals can assist with all training and implementation of plans and procedures necessary to comply with health and safety standards of both federal and state.

Hawkeye Safety specializes in OSHA construction safety. We offer a wide range of OSHA safety classes in our East Coast and West Coast locations. Courses include OSHA 10-hr and OSHA 30-hr training, OSHA forklift training, HAZWOPER certifications and refreshers, and much more.

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Cannabis Industries Impacted Include

  • Cultivation
  • Distribution
  • Laboratory testing
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail

Common occupations and potential hazards in the marijuana industry

Job Duties Potential Hazards
Cultivator Planting, transplanting,
physically relocating plants,
watering, nutrient mixing &
feeding, mixing & applying
pesticides, cleaning, harvesting
plants, drying plants
Mold, sensitizers/allergens,
Carbon monoxide and dioxide,
ergonomics, walking/ working
surfaces, lighting hazards,
chemical exposures
Trimmer Trimming, packaging, shipping,
data entry, cleaning
Mold, sensitizers/allergens,
CO2, CO, pesticides,
ergonomics, occupational
injuries (cuts), chemical
exposures, machinery
Extraction Technician Extracting marijuana
Machinery, IAQ, allergens,
noise, ergonomics, chemical
exposures, use of explosive/
flammable chemicals such as

Edible producer,
infused product confectioner/artisan/ chef

Cooking, baking, packaging,
bottling, and labeling marijuana
infused products
Occupational injuries (burns),
noise, chemicals
Budtender Sales representative who sells
marijuana and marijuana
products to customers
ergonomics, workplace violence
Laboratory Technician Operates laboratory equipment
to determine cannabinoid and
contaminant concentrations
Solvents, ergonomics
Cultivation owner/operator In addition to running the
business, may oversee and be
involved in the functions of the
grow operation
Sensitizers/allergens, mold,
CO2, CO, pesticides/fungicides,
high pressure machinery, IAQ,
noise, chemicals, workplace
Administrative Responsible for day-to-day
operations of the business. May
include marketing roles,
financial roles, HR roles, retail
store management
Ergonomics, workplace violence
Transportation May transport product or
money between growing and
retail facilities
Occupational injuries,
workplace violence
Maintenance (non-contracted) Facilities maintenance,
equipment maintenance, HVAC
Elevated heights, electrical

*Data for chart pulled from Guide to Worker Safety and Health in the Marijuana Industry by the Marijuana Occupational Health and Safety Work Group


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Hawkeye Safety has two offices to best serve your needs. Contact our headquarters at the number below or contact the office directly to speak with someone who can help.


Mid-Atlantic Regional Office

210 N Hickory Avenue
Bel Air, MD 21014

Bay Area Regional Office

Turner Safety Training Center
6759 Sierra Court
Dublin, CA 94568