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Ohio Craft Brewers Association Establishes OSHA Alliance

Given what brewers encounter, the relationship is a perfect fit

The Brewers Association (BA), the Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA) District Midwest, and the Ohio Craft Brewers Association have established an alliance with the Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo Area offices of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation. The alliance will foster a collaborative relationship to provide the craft brewing industry in Ohio with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help protect the health and safety of their workers.

“This program will reduce and prevent exposure to hazards during brewing, fermenting, packaging, and delivery of craft beer,” said Larry Horwitz, founder of Four String Brewing Co.BA Board of Directors member and MBAA District Midwest representative. “The alliance advances one of the craft brewing industry’s core values: prioritizing safety and the climate to support it.”

“Our breweries deal with scalding liquids, caustic chemicals, contained spaces, heavy equipment and machinery, and so many more potential safety issues,” said Mary MacDonald, executive director of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association. “This alliance will help develop and deliver industry-specific education and training, offer resources to help our breweries develop stronger safety protocols, and increase the climate of safety awareness in Ohio’s craft brewing community.”

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