Maggie Davidson

Lecturer/Researcher, ECU

Dr Maggie Davidson is an occupational hygienist working as Lecturer/Researcher in the School of Science Western Sydney University. Maggie is also a researcher with the Australian Medicinal Cannabis Research and Education Collaboration, and adjunct researcher at Edith Cowan University. Current research projects include Farm to Pharmacy; promoting occupational health and safety in the emerging Australian cannabis industry; Exposure of Workers to Respirable Crystalline Silica during Wet Processing of Engineered Stone; Noise Exposure in University Call Centres; Biological Hazards Associated with Thermal Comfort Water Misting Systems and Pro-Inflammatory Potential of Plant Dusts and Infection Control in the Nail Industry.

SESSION ABSTRACT

Early studies of the hemp fibre production demonstrate a relationship between inhalable dust exposure and respiratory conditions such as byssinosis, chronic asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). More recently, attention has focused on the allergenic properties of C. sativa L. pollen exposure, as well as healthy and safety hazards on outdoor recreational cannabis farms in the United States. It is evident that there are multiple biological, physical and chemical hazards associated with cannabis cultivation and manufacturing procedures, some that are inherently unique to the plant. A greater understanding of the aetiological properties of medicinal otherwise referred to as drug or hybrid type, C. sativa L. containing greater than 0.35% delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content is required to determine if exposure control is required, including the development of an occupational exposure limit (OEL). Recently there has been a rapid development of the international medicinal and recreational commercial cannabis industry. The downgrading of Cannabis sativa L. to a controlled substance, in many countries, when prepared or packed for human therapeutic use, has heralded the introduction of a the medicinal cannabis industry. This presentation will present the toxicology of potential exposures in the hemp and related medicinal cannabis industries.

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Thursday 3rd Dec Day 4

Occupational Respiratory Hazards in the Hemp & Emerging Medicinal Cannabis Industries