Cannabis Industry Health and Safety

All employers in the cannabis industry, including those who cultivate, manufacture, distribute, sell, and test marijuana products, must take steps to protect their employees from all health and safety hazards associated with their work.

Several Cal/OSHA regulations apply to workplaces in the cannabis industry. This webpage contains links to these regulations and other helpful resources for providing a safe and healthy workplace in the cannabis industry in California.

Cannabis plant held in someone's hand.

The cannabis industry includes:

  • Cultivation
  • Distribution
  • Laboratory testing
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail

Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP)

Employers in California are required to have an effective written Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). The IIPP must include procedures to identify and correct health and safety hazards in the workplace and provide effective training so employees can perform work safely.

To develop a written IIPP or improve an existing program, visit Cal/OSHA’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program e‑Tool webpage


* Other regulations may also apply. Employers are encouraged to use the resources below to learn more.

Cal/OSHA Resources

Other Resources

August 2018