Colorado’s Federal OSHA office has announced it will begin targeted safety and compliance inspections of breweries beginning October 1. Visits will occur in 38 of the state’s 64 counties.
Breweries aren’t alone; other alcohol producers and soft drink businesses will be inspected in this Local Emphasis Program (LEP). The LEP is based on an uptick in employment numbers and injury/illness statistics across the sector.
Colorado breweries have been hearing about this LEP for over a year from the Colorado Brewers Guild, the Region VIII Federal OSHA office, and OSHA Consultation Services at Colorado State University.
Here are a few suggestions that will set the right tone for an inspection. This list is based on known concerns for all breweries and previous Colorado OSHA inspections, but it is not a comprehensive list.
OSHA Consultation services are available through Colorado State University. Several breweries have reported consultation to be very helpful, and there may be time before you experience an inspection to receive these free services. Learn more.
The Brewers Association recognizes safety as a core value which increases worker health and well-being, improves quality, and reduces the cost of operation. Since 2013 the Safety Subcommittee has provided safety educational resources open to all.
Additional resources, including free, on-line brewery safety training and archives of past Craft Brewers Conference safety presentations.
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