New Safety Subcommittee Announces Mission Statement

The Brewers Association’s (BA) new safety subcommittee recently released their mission statement:

The BA safety subcommittee increases safety awareness of Brewers Association members with the goals of minimizing risk and preventing harm to people, products, and facilities.

The safety subcommittee held their first meeting on September 25, 2013. Led by Chair Matt Stinchfield, the group has already made significant strides towards increasing member awareness of safety issues with the development of safety presentations for the 2014 Craft Brewers Conference and the launch of the Safety Exchange* on the Brewers Association Forum.

 “The Safety Exchange has added value for BA members by creating a meeting place to openly discuss safety concerns,” said Stinchfield, “Safety discussions on the BA Forum and the Safety Exchange are proof positive that brewers are focused on keeping brewery employees and their customers safe from harm.”

“Safety is the first job of craft brewers”, said Brewers Association Director Paul Gatza. “Many of our members are growing manufacturing facilities with increasingly complex safety challenges. Plus, our new smaller members need resources to help them develop safety programs and procedures in a culture of safety from the ground up.”

The subcommittee is lucky to have a deep bench of experienced brewers and safety professionals. If members have a safety question, the safety subcommittee has answers. Areas of focus that have been identified as important to craft brewers include log out tag out procedures, confined space protocols, OHSA compliance, and alcohol liability.


*The BA Safety Exchange answers members’ questions about brewery safety every Tuesday on the BA Forum. BA members are free to submit their safety questions, anonymously if desired. Send your questions to safetyexchange@brewersassociation.org.

Chuck joined the Brewers Association staff in 2013 after a long career as a craft brewer. He opened Tennessee’s first brewpub, Boscos, in 1992. As an owner and director of brewery operations for Boscos Brewing Company, he opened additional brewpubs in Memphis, Nashville and Little Rock, Ark. In 2007, Chuck opened and operated Ghost River Brewing in Memphis. He has served as chair of the Association of Brewers Board of Advisors, chair of the Association of Brewers Board of Directors and was a member of the first Board of Directors for the Brewers Association.

In his capacity as technical brewing projects coordinator, Chuck works with the technical committee and the safety, sustainability, quality, draught beer quality, pipeline subcommittees, as well as the keg repatriation working group, to encourage and facilitate best practices in all phases of Brewers Association members’ brewery operations.

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