One of the fastest growing segments in the manufacturing sector is the micro brewing industry. The dedication of workers to the craft is undeniable, but with that passion, workers at these small companies sometimes overextend themselves, or employers are thinking product and not safety.
That is why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Massachusetts Area Offices (Boston North, Boston South, and Springfield), the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards/OSHA Consultation (DLS), and the Mass Brewers Guild (MBG) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safety and health practices and programs to improve American workplaces.
To that end, OSHA, DLS and MBG formed an Alliance to provide the Massachusetts brewing industry and the public with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect workers by reducing and preventing exposure to safety and health hazards in the craft brewing industry.
This agreement provides a framework and objectives for the Alliance’s activities.
Alliance participants also agree to meet the “Fundamental Requirements for OSHA Alliance Program Participants” and the “Guidelines for OSHA’s Alliance Program Participants: Alliance Products and Other Alliance Projects.”
Through the Alliance, the organizations will use available injury, illness, and hazard exposure data, when appropriate, to help identify areas of emphasis for Alliance awareness, outreach, and communication activities. The Alliance will also explore and implement selected options, including member surveys to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alliance and measure the impact of its overall effort on improving workplace safety and health.
In developing this Alliance, OSHA, DLS, and MBG recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and On-Site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort, and that information about the products and activities of the Alliance may be shared with these partners for the advancement of common goals.
The participants intend to work together to achieve the following objectives:
• Share information on OSHA’s National/Regional/Local Initiatives (Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, Outreach)
• Share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards
• Develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards
• Provide free safety and health consulting using DLS OSHA On-Site Consultation Program to assist in addressing site-specific hazards at individual brewery locations
• Encourage constituent employers to create site-specific safety and health programs
• Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s, DLS’s, or MBG’s conferences, local meetings, or other events
In terms of training and education, participants intend to:
• Develop effective training and education programs for the craft brewing industry to promote understanding of workers’ rights.
• Deliver or arrange for the delivery of courses to OSHA compliance and consultation staff pertaining to brewery operations and equipment.