Artisan Spirit: Summer 2014

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If possible, it is worth grounding everything metal to avoid any

penalty, but if an accident occurs your insurance may not

chance of a static charge starting a fire.

recognize any claims if you were storing too much alcohol or


didn’t have the right type of safety wall around a tank, etc. Austin and the panel closed the session by again emphasizing the importance of doing the research necessary to ensure

Preventable accidents need to be prepared for, but so do that your distillery complies with safety codes, not only to disasters out of your control. Research weather disasters stay compliant and avoid penalties but to ensure the safety of

that are more likely to occur in your area and create a proper employees, customers, and the quality of your product. Taking the time to get it right will minimize the effect of accidents and emergency response plan.

Housekeeping is important (dust is fuel for any fire that

help ensure the longevity of your distillery.

may occur). Clean regularly. The National Fire Protection Association has documentation that explains the dangers of dust and how to protect yourselves. Check with your state distillers association for help in employee training. If several young distilleries need a forklift training session, your association may be able to hire one person and have a class for all distilleries at once. The cost is cheaper for the distillery and more are covered at once. Think you’ve gotten away with a creative interpretation of a certain safety code? MAKE SURE your insurance sees it

HELPFUL LINKS TO REFER TO: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

National Fire Protection Agency

Distilled Spirits Council of the United States

the same way. Some local officials will allow you to avoid a