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OCBA, OSHA Team Up to Develop Brewery Safety Education

The program will educate brewery owners, employees about safety and health issues

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is teaming with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Ohio’s craft-brewery associations to form the Ohio Craft Brewery Alliance with a goal to raise awareness and develop safety education and training specific to the industry. The Ohio Craft Brewers Association (OCBA), the Master Brewers Association of the Americas and the Brewers Association are joined the state agencies for a ceremony on Oct. 1 announcing the partnership.

Participants in the new alliance will work to provide education to brewery owners and employees about safety and health issues specific to craft brewers. Issues expected to be addressed include grain handling, keg filling, chemical exposure, bottling, canning and delivering, according to the news release.

“As safety professionals, we must react quickly to meet the needs of employers in emerging industries that are still perfecting processes and learning important safety lessons as they grow,” Ibraheem “Abe” Al-Tarawneh, superintendent of the state BWC’s Division of Safety and Industrial Hygiene, said in the news release. “This alliance will help employers in Ohio’s budding craft brewery industry assess their workplaces and correct hazardous conditions that have the potential to cause injury.”

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