Cannabis Industry Compliance
Training & Consulting

So now you have your cannabis business license…DON’T LOSE IT!

NES, Inc. (NES) is an environmental, health & safety (EH&S) training and consulting firm that has been serving regulated businesses throughout California and beyond since 1987. These businesses need to check a myriad of boxes in order to maintain compliance with the numerous regulatory requirements that pertain to their operations. In this and many other ways, cannabis businesses are just like those in any other regulated industry.

But there is one key difference: the legal cannabis industry is new. The regulations are confusing and constantly evolving, many cannabis business owners/operators are learning to run a business for the first time, and the growing pains of moving from the darkness and stigma of the past to the blinding light of regulation can often contribute to legal cannabis businesses failing.

View our guidance chart identifying the compliance training, documentation, and facility management practices commonly required for cannabis operations by downloading our Cannabis Industry for Businesses flyer here.

NES is here to help. To avoid risking your business license, as well as citations and fines from agency inspectors such as Cal/OSHA and your local Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA), your business will need a multitude of EH&S services. The package of services you’ll need will depend on your specific operations. These services include OSHA, EPA, and DOT training as well as the development and maintenance of documents such as a Waste Management Plan, Injury and Illness Prevention Program, Hazardous Materials Business Plan, and Emergency Action Plan, among others. Many cannabis industry businesses will need to perform waste characterization, identify compliant waste disposal procedures, and engage in proper recordkeeping and housekeeping practices.

Our suite of EH&S compliance services can provide your cannabis industry business with the peace of mind needed to be able to focus on your primary objective: serving the regulated cannabis community to the best of your abilities. An experienced NES professional will visit your business, assess your operations, and put together a comprehensive action plan to ensure you and your employees achieve compliance—and we’ll make sure your business stays compliant.

NES Cannabis Consulting

During a site visit to your facility, an experienced NES professional will assess your specific operations and identify what we can do for your business so that you can achieve and maintain compliance with applicable environmental, health & safety rules and regulations. We will walk you through how various EH&S statutes apply to your specific cannabis operations, and we will provide you with a comprehensive package of compliance-based services including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Regulatory Requirements
  • Training Requirements
  • Waste Stream Identification
  • Waste Management Plan
  • Injury and Illness Prevention Program
  • Emergency Action Plan
  • Hazardous Materials Business Plan
  • Hazardous Materials Management Plan
  • Recordkeeping Requirements
  • Housekeeping Requirements

NES Cannabis Training

As with any other regulated business, employers operating in the cannabis industry must ensure their employees have a safe and healthful workplace. It also means that employees must know how to stay safe on the job, and this means training! NES has been providing a wide range of EH&S training programs on behalf of regulated businesses throughout California and beyond for over 30 years. Our clients span a vast array of sectors, and we specialize in customizing our wide range of services to complement clients’ unique needs.

All cannabis businesses in California are now required to have at least one supervisor and one employee complete Cal/OSHA 30-Hour General Industry training. And depending on your particular operations, your employees may also need to complete many or all of the following training programs in order to avoid citations and fines:

  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Universal Waste Management
  • DOT Hazmat Employee
  • Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest
  • Hazardous Materials Business Plans / CERS
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Walking-Working Surfaces
  • Ergonomics
  • Fall Protection
  • Powered Industrial Trucks
  • Wildfire Smoke Exposure Prevention
  • Heat Illness
  • Hazard Communication (GHS)

And for regulators, we offer our Cannabis Industry for Regulators training program to help you understand the regulations, hazards, protocols, and best practices involved with visiting cannabis businesses as part of your job duties.

For more information, contact the NES cannabis compliance team at: or 916-353-2360 / 800-637-2384.

Download our About NES Brochure here.