Cannabis Legalization - Workplace Health and Safety


Monday, October 28, 2019
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
CM Credit Hours: 7


Regulation & Legislation, Risk Assessment and Management, Safety Management


Legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada and the United States presents new workplace health and safety challenges for employers and employees. While the issue is new for many jurisdictions, there are lessons that can be learned from the experience to date and a review of the scientific literature. This course examines the issue from a variety of perspectives and for different audiences.

*Registration includes breakfast & boxed luncheon.

**Please note: power strips will not be provided at each attendee's seat; however, charging stations for laptops will be provided in each course room.


Familiarity with AIHA’s Strategy for Assessing and Managing Occupational Exposures. Experienced in exposure assessments and monitoring data interpretation. 

Value Added

Participants will receive the course slide set and a list of references on the subject. 


  • Regulations for Production, Distribution, Sale, and Personal use
  • Basics of Marijuana Pharmacology
  • Hazards and Controls in Growing and Processing
  • Effects on User Behavior, Task Performance, Injury Risk, and Long-term Health
  • Workplace Safety
  • Potential Hazards Associated with Employee Use 
  • Legislation Bearing on Employer and Worker Duties
  • Worker Rights to a Safe Workplace
  • Components of Workplace Drug Abuse Policies and Programs 


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the regulations for production, distribution, sale, and personal use. 
  • Detail the basics of marijuana pharmacology.
  • Speak on the effects on user behavior, performance, injury risk, and health.
  • Explain the implications of therapeutic use for workplace safety.
  • Identify workplace hazards.
  • Discuss the components of workplace drug abuse policies and programs.
  • Evaluate the hazards and controls in growing and processing. 

Transfer of Knowledge

Instructors will evaluate participants understanding of the materials presented based on:

  • Group activities
  • Post course test


Your Instructor

John Murphy, PhD, ROH, CIH
Resource EHS, Cambridge, MA

Dr. John H. Murphy is President and Founder of REA, a health and safety consultancy with operations in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. He has 33 years professional experience, over which time his firm has completed more than 16,000 assignments for 3,000+ organizations. In addition to consulting practice he is an Adjunct Professor (Occupational & Environmental Health) at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, and has also provided occupational hygiene qualification training to armed forces personnel for more than a decade.​