A free three-hour workshop to provide health and safety training for cannabis cultivation workers will be offered Feb. 27 in Santa Maria.

The workshop from 9 a.m. to noon in the Laguna Sanitation District conference room at 620 W. Foster Road is being presented by the Santa Barbara County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office and the state Department of Pesticide Regulation.

A county spokesman said the workshop is designed to ensure cannabis cultivation operations comply with pesticide use and workplace safety laws.

However, training only will be offered in English.

Workers can learn about health and safety regulations for personal protective equipment, respiratory protection and facility ventilation requirements.

Continuing education credits may be offered, pending approval by the Department of Pesticide Regulation.

The workshop will be repeated from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 28 in the Agriculture Commissioner’s Office, at 1180 Eugenia Place, No. 206, in Carpinteria.

Seating is limited, the spokesman said, so those planning to attend should reserve a seat soon by calling the Agriculture Commissioner’s Office in Santa Maria at 805-934-6200.

Cannabis cultivators who are having trouble finding pests and need advice on how to find them can call the Santa Maria office to make an appointment for integrated pest management specialist Mel Graham to work with them one-on-one in the office or at their sites.

Spanish translation is available for Graham’s services.

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This report was compiled by Mike Hodgson, associate editor for the Santa Maria Times. He can be reached at mhodgson@leecentralcoastnews.com.