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UL sets new standard for cannabis industry safety


September 24, 2019
By Grow Opportunity staff

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A well-known global safety certification company is offering a new facility audit for the legal cannabis industry.

Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) announced Sept. 19 a new service which evaluates fire protection requirements for occupants and facilities, protection against the risk of fire and electrical shock for equipment used in cannabis facilities, and the security of cannabis premises.

UL was established in 1894 and is now known for setting industry-standard product safety testing and certification in several trade sectors across 46 countries. As the legal cannabis market in Canada continues to evolve, UL Canada vice-president and general manager Joseph Hosey said companies may need help navigating regulations.

“The cannabis industry faces challenges in globalizing their business,” he said in a statement. “The cannabis supply chain is extremely integrated and will become more global as the industry evolves, creating new challenges. We’ve spoken with key players who are building premium brands and the safety and security of their operations is paramount.”

The cannabis facility audit service uses the first Standard developed specifically for the legalized cannabis industry in Canada, CAN/ULC-S4400 – “Safety of Premises, Buildings and Equipment Utilized for the Cultivation, Production and Processing of Cannabis,” as a guide.