Yesterday, it was announced that the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and organizations representing many of Ohio’s craft brewers had renewed a two-year alliance to improve workplace safety in the industry.
The alliance includes OSHA, Ohio Craft Brewers Association, Brewers Association, Master Brewers Association of the Americas District Midwest and Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. They will continue to develop and build upon awareness and education programs on hazards in the brewing, storing, bottling, canning, packaging, handling and delivery of craft beer. Alliance members will promote the free, web-based training accessible through the Ohio Craft Brewers Alliance. Participants originally signed an alliance agreement in October 2018.
“OSHA is pleased to renew this alliance focused on sharing best practices and training and educating both employers and workers in the growing craft brewery business to operate and work safely,” said OSHA Area Director Larry Johnson in Columbus, Ohio.
Participants will share information on OSHA campaigns, including Safe + Sound, a year-round campaign to encourage workplace safety. They will also facilitate understanding of the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
The OSHA Alliance Program fosters collaborative relationships with groups committed to worker safety and health. Alliance partners help OSHA reach targeted audiences, such as employers and workers in high-hazard industries, giving them better access to workplace safety and health tools and information.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for American working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov/.