The legal marijuana industry is expanding rapidly in Colorado and other States, and THC Safety’s certified industrial hygienists have observed a number of operations associated with the processing of the cannabis plant material and the production of an extract from cannabis that use or produce materials that present occupational exposure hazards.
No government entity has the authority or desire to create relevant OEL’s for the industry. Therefore, to protect workers, THC Safety, Inc. has endeavored to develop and assign a recommended occupational exposure limit (ROEL) that may be used to help facilitate the measurement and control of these substances for employee exposures.
The establishment of an occupational exposure limit involves examining routes of entry and concentration versus effect (dose/response) studies associated with the exposure to a chemical. The specific chemical hazard profile is created by interpreting the data from a number of dose/response studies, toxicity tests such as the effect on specific tissues or systems for which the selection is dependent on the chemical in question.