The craft beer brewing industry is constantly expanding and OSHA has been diligent on making sure breweries are following the applicable standards and regulations. Below is a list of the six most common OSHA violations in the beer brewing industry.
Permit-Required Confined Space Entry
Equipment found in breweries must be serviced and cleaned regularly and a confined space entry permit may be required. Permit-required confined spaces are confined spaces in which a hazardous atmosphere, engulfment hazard, internal configuration hazard, or any other noted hazard is present. OSHA defines an “entry” as any time any part of the body enters the opening into a space. Employees should be properly trained to meet the permit confined space entry requirements, and a written permit-required space program should be established and followed. For more details, please refer to section 29 CFR 1910.146 on the Department of Labor’s website.
General Duty Clause
A violation to the General Duty Clause occurs when a recognized serious hazard is present and the employer does not take the necessary steps to prevent or remove the hazard. This clause is used when there is no standard that applies to the specified hazard, and the hazard could cause death or serious injury to an employee.
Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals
Breweries are required to be aware of the hazardous chemicals used, keep proper paperwork regarding the chemicals, and wear the proper personal protective equipment. For more information regarding this standard, please refer to section 29 CFR 1910.119.
Brewery equipment and machinery require regular maintenance. In order to perform maintenance duties, employees must be properly trained to work on the machinery and equipment, which would include following a lockout/tagout program.
Employees need to be aware of all of the hazardous chemicals used in the work environment. OSHA requires employers to develop a hazard communication plan, properly label chemicals, and to train employees on how to handle the chemicals used. Please see 29 CFR 1910.1200 for more information.
Eye and Face Protection
Personal protective equipment is required to be worn by employees working with hazardous chemicals and materials. Eye and face protective equipment include safety goggles and face shields and should be provided to employees from the employer. Visit the Department of Labor’s website and search for section 29 CFR 1910.133 for details.
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