Artisan Spirit: Summer 2014

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of a distillery’s development. Initial safety training can affect an employee’s day-to-day mindset, and help them to take precautions more seriously. In the same way that your distillery’s quality should be emphasized, so should their safety when attempting to achieve that quality. Hellman advised that leading by example can have the biggest impact, so next time you want to skip wearing safety goggles as a nuisance, think of the example you’re setting for those around you.

TRAINING

EQUIPMENT RATINGS AND CODES Stretch provided information regarding electrical equipment and making sure it is rated to endure the harsher conditions of a distillery. Equipment rated for working among exposure to alcohol fumes is important. These are the classifications for equipment that ensures they can handle what you’re going to expose them to: class 1 div 1 means it is meant for the open processes with the constant presence of fumes, and class 1 div 2 are for normally closed processes, but means there is a chance

of exposure to fumes (from a leak or other malfunction).These Procedures and policies are never enough. Regular evaluations ratings should be clearly marked on the equipment label; if you to make sure safety precautions are being followed are incredibly see class 1 group c and d, that’s not enough. It must say clearly valuable. Make safety a regular part of production meetings. Class 1 Div 1 on the label for you to know that the equipment Point out close calls to your entire team so that everyone won’t fail as a result of a distillery’s harsh conditions, or cause knows that the safety rules help. Ensuring your administrative unnecessary danger when fumes are present. elements, like a safety manual and printed emergency plans, are

Stretch also gave a valuable tip in regards to grounding your up to date and available is important. Proper training, including equipment: he believes it is easiest to have one long piece of education on the chemicals your distillery uses regularly and copper grounding that is attached to each piece of equipment. possible side effects from improper use, is key. When equipment Tie one end to building steel or a water pipe, and the other into like respirators or forklifts are used around a distillery, the owner an electrode of a ground rod. Any time liquid is being pumped, should make sure every employee is trained in their proper use.

such as while filling barrels, static electricity is possible, and can damage equipment or create a safety concern for employees.

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