GreenCulturED published an article about OSHA citations in the cannabis industry. Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United. States Department of Labor, or OSHA, is a governing body that protects employees from getting injured. Its mission is to “With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.”


Cannabis Clearwater’s safety inspector and trainer, Kahleen Nowak, an OSHA Authorized General Industry Trainer, has been doing safety training and audits for over 10 years and is an accomplished safety IIPP creator. “Safety is the number one concern in any industry” says Kahleen. “I’ve seen people get hurt from falling down to people going to the hospital because of toxic gas inhalation.” Kahleen’s passion for safety comes from her past when she owned and ran a restaurant. 

Now Kahleen does safety inspections and training in the cannabis industry. “I love the challenge in this space because we’re trying to standardize the industry.” Kahleen will do both 10 and 30 Hour OSHA training for all cannabis businesses including cultivation, nursery, manufacturing, distribution, transportation, and laboratories. During COVID-19, Kahleen’s trainings were mostly zoom based however now that the regulations have lightened up she will be doing in-person trainings in the near future. “It is time to get back to into it.” says Kahleen. 

If you have any questions for Kahleen contact her here. 

Kahleen Nowak, OSHA Authorized General Industry Trainer and Safety Inspector GreenCulturEd – Healthy safety culture has the following characteristics:

  • There is a well-articulated commitment to safety at the highest organizational level. This translates into organization-wide beliefs, values, and behavioral norms.
  • Employees’ commitment to the safety culture is tied directly to their base compensation. This devotion is assessed in regular performance reviews.
  • Safety is prioritized over everything else, even production and efficiency. Employees who err on the side of safety should be praised, even if a later review suggests that the additional safety concerns or measures were unnecessary.
  • Communication about safety occurs across every level of the organization in a consistently open, honest, and unedited manner. If errors or problems are identified, they are eagerly communicated, recorded, and analyzed without anyone facing “persecution.”
  • Unsafe acts – the primary cause of accidents – are rare.
  • Employees constantly learn and identify opportunities for process improvements that will lower the chances of an accident.
Safety inspections are critical in the cannabis industry because they set the standard for an industry where employees are prone to injuries. When Kahleen goes on a site inspection she normally uses her 200 point check list to make sure everything is status quo. Go Kahleen!