This Brewers Association Brewery Safety Training addresses the need for occupational safety and health (OSH) training in the craft brewing industry. The training focuses on the specific tasks that are performed in a brewery. This task based instruction is in contrast to a traditional issue-based training approach. Traditional issues-based training participants find it difficult to relate their learning to their specific job tasks. A task based approach has the potential to allow employees to understand how to apply the principles of each specific OSH issue and to enhance their ability to recognize the hazards in their job tasks.
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Courses are free and registration is quick. Initial registration is as simple as name and email. A confirmation email will be sent to the user with a link to create their user profile and begin course work. When taking a course, users can stop and start a course at any time and begin again later, but each individual module in that course must be completed in order. Courses can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour+ depending on the topic and the user’s learning style.
The Online Brewery Safety Training course library has 14 courses, each addressing a different procedure in the brewing process. The courses consist of videos, quizzes and resources. Safety courses include:
- Grain Handling
- Transfer and Boiling
- Whirlpool and Cooling
- Fermentation Cleaning and Sanitizing
- Fermentation and Cellaring
- Filtering and Carbonation
- Filtering and Pumping
- Keg Cleaning
- Keg Filling
- Grain Handling and Grain Silos
- Powered Industrial Trucks
Assessments and Certificates
Upon completion of each course users will receive a certificate documenting completion of that portion of the training. All portions of the course must be completed along with a passmark of 80% on the final post quiz in order to receive the certificate.
The content in the courses was created by Grand Valley State University in conjunction with the Brewers Association and is intended for training purposes only. Material and situations depicted contrary to best practices are for educational value only.
The Brewers Association welcomes comments regarding the current training and suggestions for additional topics to address in the future. firstname.lastname@example.org
Each brewery environment is unique. All brewers should conduct periodic hazard analysis in order to establish safety practices that address the particular challenges found in their brewery. Establishing a sound safety program is an ongoing process that utilizes a vast array of resources and information. The Brewers Association Brewery Safety Training serves as one piece in a comprehensive safety training in your brewery.