Grow Operations

Policy

Category: Health Hazard Prevention and Management
Subject: Grow Operations
Division: N/A
Policy Number: CA.84.01.111
Effective Date: Mar. 2007

POLICY STATEMENT

It is the policy of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health to prevent or reduce the burden of illness and decrease heath outcomes from health hazards associated with marijuana grow operations in accordance with the most current version of the Health Hazard and Prevention Protocol the Risk Assessment and Inspection of Facilities Protocol, and the Identification, Investigation and Management of Health Hazards Protocol under the Ontario Public Health Standards and the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

 

REFERENCES AND RELATED FORMS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

CA.84.02.111  Grow Operations
Health Hazard and Prevention Protocol
Risk Assessment and Inspection of Facilities Protocol
Identification, Investigation and Management of Health Hazards Protocol
Ontario Public Health Standards
Health Protection and Promotion Act.

APPROVED BY

Rob Thompson 


Procedure

Category: Health Hazard Prevention and Management
Subject: Grow Operations
Division: N/A
Procedure Number: CA.84.02.111
Effective Date: Mar. 2007

PROCEDURE

  1. Follow the procedure CA.84.01.101General Procedure for Investigating a Health Hazard Complaint.
  2. Follow the policy and procedure CA.84.01(02).103 Indoor Air Quality Investigations if the concern/complaint is not specific to mould and is generally about a grow operation.
  3. In investigating the complaint make a referral as appropriate to one or more of the following agencies:
  • Local Police Enforcement Agency; or
  • Local Municipal Building Department.
  1. The Public Health Inspector (PHI) shall identify him/herself to the owner/operator and state the reason for the visit. The owner/operator or designate present is provided the opportunity to accompany the PHI during the inspection.
  2. Use the CSR electronic form in Hedgehog to conduct the inspection.  Refer to the Hedgehog User manual as required.
  3. Conduct a site visit and inspection of the premise/location named in the complaint.
  4. When a call is received regarding a grow operation location contact the relevant police department to obtain any files, reports, photographs or video evidence possible pertaining to the state of the indoor environment of the building.  Request a copy of Police Notification of Illicit Marijuana Grow Operation from the relevant police department.
  5. Area inspector should review the police evidence for descriptors indicating the amount and location of mould. Evidence of visible mould or water damage that may support the growth of mould should be noted. Any evidence of chemicals or pesticides should also be noted. Review with the Program Manager if necessary.
  6. If mould and/or water damage are extensive and we have reasonable and probable grounds to assume that a health hazard exists we will issue a section 13 order under the Health Promotion and Protection Act (HPPA).  If an order under the HPPA is not going to be issued, inform the local building department.
  7. The order and the following supporting documents will be served on the owner or their agent who has responsibility for the property, Interim Guidance Document for Environmental Assessment for Mould in Marijuana Grow Houses.
  8. Service of the order shall proceed as per sections 13(5) and 106 of the HPPA. Circumstances of service may vary with each event. Upon successful service of the order advise the local building department and provide them with a copy of the order.  See blank order in procedure CA.84.02.101 General Procedures in Investigating a Health Hazard Complaint.
  9. Placard the premise as “occupancy prohibited”, hard copies in each office.
  10. Upon receipt of the consultant’s report, the area inspector will review it for completeness against the guidance documents provided to the owner with the order. Consult with the Program Manager, if necessary. The consultant should verify in writing that the premise is now suitable for habitation before the order is rescinded.
  11. When the order is rescinded, a written copy of the rescind notice should be sent to the property owner and the local building department. A final visual inspection of the premises should be conducted with the building department.  

 

REFERENCES AND RELATED FORMS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

CA.84.01.111 Grow Operations
CA.84.01(02).101 General Procedure for Investigating a Health Hazard Complaint
CA.84.01.103 Indoor Air Quality Investigations
Health Protection and Promotion Act

APPROVED BY

Rob Thompson