Breweries are manufacturing facilities that use a lot of mechanization, brew with hot liquids, employ dangerous chemicals and produce products that are basically 160-lb steel barrels. It’s not difficult to find a way to hurt yourself. Brewing is also a repetitive job, and that repetition can sometimes distract professionals from potential hazards they almost always avoid daily around the brewhouse. Continual safety awareness via safety education and training is a constant necessity.
There are lots of free resources on the internet when it comes to safety, so there’s no excuse for not capitalizing on these easy and beneficial safety practices for commercial brewing.
The American Society of Brewing Chemists has a nice open-access checklist for general good laboratory practices, communication, personal protective equipment and hazards present in brewery labs.
CBB, of course, is always gathering and spreading the safety gospel (dig this brewery safety checklist from earlier last year).
The Brewers Association offers free online safety training right over here.
And the other day, we noticed that the Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia released free forms and checklists titled “Health and Safety for Craft Breweries and Distilleries.” This PDF doc is perfect for developing, implementing and maintaining your brewery’s health and safety program.
After filling out those forms, print out and hang up this important forklift safety rules infographic, and then check these 10 safety tips for using brewhouse cleaning chemicals. Then share all of this with your brewing coworkers. Then, be safe.