Farmer Tom Organics Partners With Feds on Workplace Safety and Health in the Cannabis Industry

Farmer Tom Organics proudly announces positive test results from a ground-breaking health hazard evaluation conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Farmer Tom Organics is paving the way for the cannabis industry by successfully completing a workplace safety and health hazard study conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). NIOSH is the U.S. Federal Agency responsible for conducting research to prevent workplace injuries or illness. This new research will be crucial as the government assesses federal best practice standards for workers in the marijuana industry.

In October 2015, Farmer Tom Organics, founded by Tom Lauerman, was the first and only cannabis farm to partner with NIOSH to evaluate and measure exposures during the cultivation and processing of cannabis. 

“This partnership is reflective of a trend of acceptance and legitimacy for the cannabis industry,” states Lauerman

This partnership is reflective of a trend of acceptance and legitimacy for the cannabis industry.

Farmer Tom Lauerman, Founder—Farmer Tom Organics

Over a period of three days, employees’ airborne exposures to endotoxins were measured. Endotoxins are a form of bacteria found in the soil, and sometimes the air, during the processing of agricultural products.

The samples collected at Farmer Tom Organics were compared to air sample research collected by the Dutch Expert Committee on Occupational Safety. Limits of 90 endotoxin units per cubic meter of air (EU/m3) are the standard protocol. Meaning, this is the threshold of endotoxins that an employee may be exposed to without causing injury or harm. 

The NIOSH representatives were able to confirm that all endotoxin air sample results were well below the limit. Full shift endotoxin concentrations ranged from 2.83‒37.15 EU/m3. 

For official test results, visit farmertomorganics.com and scroll to the bottom of the page. This is the first of many reports; additional results will be released throughout 2016. Farmer Tom further stated, “I’m super excited about the opportunity to work with the Federal Scientists on this project. 

About Farmer Tom Organics
The Farmer Tom brand embraces safety—in growing, product quality and in our employees and workplace. Our goal is to grow a best-in-class company that normalizes cannabis and offers every customer peace of mind.

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The Farmer Tom brand embraces safety—in growing, product quality and in our employees and workplace. Our goal is to grow a best-in-class company that normalizes cannabis and offers every customer peace of mind."

Farmer Tom Organics
Vancouver, WA 98606
United States