Growing and cultivating marijuana is a labor-intensive industry, and safety is a constant concern. Hazards in indoor gardens can lead to injuries and fires, which may result in employees’ inability to work. Workers’ compensation can quickly become a business’s highest expense. With just a few simple implementations, you can transform your grow space into a safer work environment. Follow these guidelines to improve your grow room safety and compliance.
How to Improve Grow Room Safety
Your employees’ overall safety is your number one concern. Your first step in creating a safe work environment should be keeping your grow room clean and tidy at all times. However, even with an orderly space, issues can still arise. Electrical and fire hazards should be at the top of your radar. Continue reading for more tips on how to ensure safety in your grow room.
Preventing Grow Room Fires
Grow room fires are a significant concern for hemp farmers and cannabis cultivators. With countless fire hazards in grow rooms, you need to be hyper-aware of the safety issues that can emerge. Thankfully, there are ways to reduce the risk of fires in your grow space. Fires can spread fast in small areas. Plus, since marijuana is flammable, high temperatures in the grow tent can lead to fire hazards. By following simple fire safety rules, you can easily make your grow room fireproof. Follow these suggestions for some of the best practices.
- Always have multiple fire extinguishers on hand and hold a training course to ensure your employees know how to use them properly. You can find fire extinguishers that don’t leave a chemical residue, meaning your weed will still be profitable.
- Place smoke detectors throughout your entire grow space and test them every month. Smoke detectors will alert you and your staff of fires in your grow room, which gives you time to evacuate safely.
- Keep extension cords and electrical devices away from water.
- Don’t overload circuit breakers.
Be sure to contact a local electrician and ask them to walk through your grow space before you begin your operation. A professional will be able to point out any remaining fire and safety hazards.
Ensuring Employee Safety
Aside from fires and electrical concerns, there are numerous other safety matters that you, as an employer, should be on the lookout for. Below are some common safety problems and how to solve them.
- LED grow lights can be damaging to the eyes if employers aren’t wearing proper safety attire. All employees should be required to wear safety glasses that block UVA, UVB, and UVC rays during their time in the grow area. Make it easy for your employees to wear their grow room glasses by making them accessible at all times.
- Ensure adequate airflow to regulate carbon dioxide levels. Too much carbon dioxide can lead to dizziness, confusion, and shortness of breath. By installing a fan, you can maintain the temperature of your grow room and decrease your levels of carbon dioxide.
- Always keep a first aid kit fully stocked and handy in case of minor accidents.
- Train your employees on proper ladder safety. Lift and Grow’s systems eliminate the need for employees to work off the ground. Our commercial drying racks raise and lower to any height with just a push of a button.
While some of these suggestions may seem like common sense, they will keep your grow room and employees safe from harm. Lift and Grow drying racks, and overhead lights are designed to alleviate labor issues and safety hazards in the workplace. If you’re interested in installing Lift and Grow products in your grow space, get in touch with us today! Our products free up floor space and keep employees off ladders.