Employee Safety Emphasized in Cannabis Grinding Study

The study follows a cannabis processing facility employee's death in 2022.

An upcoming Massachusetts study will focus on employee safety during cannabis grinding.

According to BusinessWest, the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) study was originally intended to be conducted in a Trulieve facility in the state.

An employee at Trulieve in Holyoke died in 2022 from a severe asthma attack while working in an indoor cannabis processing facility.

After Trulieve exited the Massachusetts market, Boston Bud Factory owner Frank Dailey volunteered his facility.

Dailey said his business enforces strict PPE policies for employees who could be exposed to cannabis dust. But he worried it might not be enough.

“We know how dangerous dust is in other industries…As for cannabis dust, this is just the beginning of the employee exposure,” he told the publication.

NIOSH will visit Boston Bud to measure and monitor airborne particulates during the grinding process to get a clearer picture of exposure levels.

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