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Hazards in the Brewing Industry

The number of breweries in the United States has escalated rapidly over the past decade. According to the Brewers Association, there were nearly 7,000 breweries at the end of 2018. It is often the case that when industries grow rapidly, the risk of workplace injuries will also increase. Common hazards in the brewing industry include the following:

Slippery surfaces
Flammable chemicals
Working at heights and on ladders
Working in confined spaces
Dust
Machinery
Exposure to high concentrations of carbon dioxide
Brewing beer is a complex process with many steps. Injuries can happen at any stage, from mashing to fermenting to bottling. Carbon dioxide is not widely viewed as toxic. However, large amounts of carbon dioxide can be dangerous, particularly within confined areas. Exposure to high concentrations of carbon dioxide can cause rapid breathing, cardiac problems, convulsions, and loss of consciousness. In addition to carbon dioxide exposure, other types of injuries may occur, including:

Sprains and strains due to repetitive motion or lifting
Injuries from pressurized or unguarded equipment
Hyperthermia from extreme temperatures
Employers are legally obligated to provide safe working conditions, yet, all too often, the focus is on the quantity of production rather than on the health and wellbeing of employees.

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