The marijuana industry has gone through a rapid expansion, especially following the 2016 election. And, with the expansion comes an increase in grow & extraction facilities. But, as with any industrial process, marijuana production comes with an assortment of hazards.
So, what is currently being done to address the fire hazards at marijuana grow & extraction facilities?
The topic of fire safety at marijuana processing and extraction facilities was introduced to the full NFPA 1 Technical Committee during its First Draft meeting in October 2015. As a result of the committee’s interest, a task group was formed to develop the language further and propose a new chapter for NFPA 1, Fire Code, to the committee at the Second Draft meeting. The marijuana chapter passed ballot easily, but it will still need to get through the NITMAM process. See the Second Draft of NFPA 1.
Two education sessions to be presented at NFPA's Conference & Expo
NFPA's Conference & Expo will be held in Boston, June 4-7, and there will be two education sessions dedicated to fire safety in marijuana grow & extraction facilities. Check back soon to NFPA's C&E site to get more details about the following sessions:
- Marijuana Grow Facilities -- an AHJ Perspective
This presentation will focus on an AHJ perspective with respect to marijuana grow facilities and the common issues faced during the plan review and approval process. Case studies of functioning marijuana grow facilities will be reviewed and discussed with topics including NFPA 72 notification appliance coverage, NFPA 30 flammable gas extraction processes, and NFPA 101 egress concerns.
- Marijuana Facilities -- Evaluating the Fire and Explosion Hazards
With the increase in legalization of marijuana use there has been a follow-on increase in explosions and ensuing fires. The ability to recognize the inherent fire hazards in this cutting edge of America's societal evolution will enhance the fire protection community's efforts to contain and control these hazards because not all aspects of the legal marijuana community are hazardous.
From NFPA Journal
In the cover story of the September/October 2016 issue of NFPA Journal, Associate Editor Jesse Roman talks about a host of lessons learned in the industry, including safety practices at commercial grow and extraction facilities, inspection protocols, and more.
NFPA Journal's Jesse Roman takes a trip to Colorado to report on the the burgeoning commercial marijuana industry and how public agencies are battling to ensure that marijuana grow and extraction facilities are safe for employees, firefighters, and the public.