WorkSafeBC offers new safety resources as craft-brewery industry bubbles with growth

WorkSafeBC is providing new health and safety resources for B.C.’s craft-brewery industry to help reduce injuries and incidents. The industry has tripled in size over the past ten years, growing from 54 employers to more than 160. With rapid growth of a new industry, the risk of workplace hazards can increase.
From 2008 to 2017, there were 284 accepted time-loss claims for injuries in craft breweries and distilleries. The types of incidents most frequently resulting in injury included falls, overexertion, struck-by, repetitive motion, and exposure to heat and cold. Workers aged 25-34 accounted for the highest percentage of workers injured.
“Craft-beer brewing is a complex process that involves multiple stages of production,” says Megan Martin, WorkSafeBC manager, Industry and Labour Services. “We know brewers and distillers spend a lot of time and effort focusing on the quality of their products, and we want to make sure they produce them safely.”
To assist brewery and distillery employers with their health and safety programs, WorkSafeBC has published a new guide, posters, and a video featuring Red Truck Beer Company’s approach to safety. These resources address hazards specific to craft-brewing and distilling processes, including confined spaces and carbon dioxide.
Two of the new craft-brewery-specific resources are posters designed for employers to display at the worksite. Carbon dioxide in alcoholic beverage manufacturing details the risks of carbon dioxide exposure, myths, symptoms, and how to prevent an exposure; Confined spaces in Craft Breweries illustrates examples of confined spaces in craft breweries, a list of hazards present in confined spaces, and useful tips when working in and around them.
These educational resources build on WorkSafeBC’s prevention efforts to protect workers in craft brewing. Since 2017, as part of its Confined Space Initiative, WorkSafeBC prevention officers have inspected 91 craft-brewery locations and issued 177 orders related to regulatory-compliance violations around confined spaces.

For further information please contact:

Marcus Ewert-Johns
President & CEO
T: +1 (604) 900-1980 x110

marcus[at]manufacturingbc.org

About the BCAFM:

The BC Alliance for Manufacturing is a coalition of 18 like-minded manufacturing industry associations with a common vision to promote a world-class manufacturing sector in British Columbia. The Alliance speaks with one voice on priority issues to advance and defend the interests of manufacturers to ensure that all British Columbians continue to benefit from the economic growth, high-value outputs and high-paying jobs found across all types of manufacturing in the province.

In British Columbia manufacturing is the fourth largest component of provincial GDP contributing 7.2% of the provincial economy and 30% of the business tax revenue paid to government. Manufacturing is the third largest employer in BC with more than 12,000 companies employing almost 400,000 jobs directly and indirectly. Value-added manufacturing represents almost 65% of BC’s exports.

Manufacturing matters!

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