The Brewers Association (BA) has announced that Matt Stinchfield, Ploughshare Brewing, will fill the newly created position of safety ambassador. Stinchfield will work to promote the mission of the BA safety subcommittee to, “increase safety awareness of Brewers Association members and encourage prevention of harm to personnel, the public and production.”
“The Brewers Association increased focus on brewery safety has led to an increase in BA resources available to all brewers,” said Stinchfield. “My role as safety ambassador will be to educate brewers how to improve brewery safety through conscientious and affordable practices in both prevention and protection.”
Stinchfield has been actively creating safer workplaces for over three decades and has focused on brewery safety for the last 18 years. He is a safety and loss control consultant to mid-sized and regional craft breweries and distilleries in addition to founding his own brewery in Lincoln, Neb. in 2014. Stinchfield stresses the importance of creating a safety dialogue and has spoken at numerous brewing industry functions. He is currently the chair of the BA safety subcommittee and sits on the MBAA food safety committee.
As safety ambassador, Stinchfield will work directly with brewing organizations with a focus on state brewing guilds. Guild leaders who are interested in scheduling Stinchfield for a presentation are encouraged to contact BA State Guild Manager Acacia Coast.