While breweries don’t require large supplies or varieties of chemicals in order to function, they do make use of cleaners and sanitizers to keep brewery equipment safe to operate—and these materials can cause serious injury if they come in contact with skin and are not immediately washed off. Similarly, some flammable liquids may be stored in a brewery for specific uses (for instance, blends of isopropyl alcohol for sanitizing brewery equipment).
How can craft brewery staff ensure safety around hazardous chemicals? Beall Brewery Insurance offers the following brewery safety tips.
- Exercise caution when using chemicals or flammable liquids of any kind.
- Wear appropriate personal protective equipment when handling these hazardous materials.
- Ensure that all hazardous chemicals are stored appropriately. Some chemicals should not be stored together because of the way they react to each other (forming hazardous gases or combusting, for instance).
- Store hazardous chemicals in their original containers, and in locations where those containers (and the labels upon them) will not deteriorate.
While personal protective equipment and appropriate safety procedures will help to protect employees from harm while using caustic chemicals, accidents do happen. An emergency shower and eyewash close at hand will help to mitigate burns and eye damage resulting from exposure to such chemicals, as well as allow staff to provide immediate first aid in the event of thermal burns.
For more than 25 years, Beall Financial and Insurance Services, Inc., has been helping corporations and individuals protect their most important assets. The agency’s client base covers a spectrum of niche businesses, such as craft breweries, that require specialized insurance packages and knowledge. With California offices in Redlands and Newport Beach, Beall Financial and Insurance Services serves clients nationwide.