The Brewers Association (BA), the Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA), and the Colorado Brewers Guild have renewed the existing industry alliance with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region VIII Office, Englewood Area Office, and Denver Area Office, and the Colorado On-Site Health & Safety Consultation Program. The alliance will continue to foster the collaborative relationship to provide the brewing industry in Colorado with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help protect the health and safety of their workers. The renewal will extend the alliance through March 2023.
“The alliance has been a great resource for the Colorado Brewers Guild,” said Shawnee Adelson, Colorado Brewers Guild Executive Director. “The partnerships and resources provided by the alliance not only helped breweries navigate OSHA inspections, but also ensured that brewery owners were actively working to keep their employees safe. We are looking forward to continuing the alliance, providing education and resources on how breweries can keep their employees safe.”
“The program has reduced and prevented exposure to hazards during brewing, fermenting, packaging, and delivery of beer,” said Larry Horwitz, BA Board of Directors member and BA Technical Committee chair. “These types of activities promote one of the Brewers Association’s core values: prioritizing safety and the climate to support it.”
Alliances have proved to be valuable tools for both OSHA and alliance participants. The members of this alliance will continue to work together to achieve the following trainings and objectives:
- Develop and deliver effective training and education programs
- Promote the shared free access to existing resources, such as the BA Online Brewery Safety Training
- Share information among OSHA personnel and safety and health professionals regarding industry best practices
- Provide free safety and health consulting using the OSHA On-Site Consultation programs (available in all fifty states)