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May 3, 2015 – Bell’s Brewery teamed up with the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) and the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) at Bell’s Eccentric Café in Kalamazoo to discuss workplace safety and health, liquor licensing and enforcement and share agency services with employers and employees. MIOSHA and MLCC are part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).
The unique “Coffee with MIOSHA” event provided an informal opportunity for more than 30 employers and employees from breweries, distilleries and wineries to get the latest agency updates from MIOSHA and MLCC, ask questions and learn about partnership opportunities to advance safety and health in Michigan workplaces.
“We thank Bell’s for hosting this event and providing a great venue for MIOSHA and the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to meet with members of these growing industries,” said MIOSHA Acting Director Bart Pickelman. “Together, we can help create a more knowledgeable, safe and healthy workforce.”
During the event, Bell's Brewery Safety Manager David Currier and member of the Brewers Association’s Safety Committee shared the association’s new brewing safety module, developed with grant funding from MIOSHA’s Consultation Education and Training Division. The training addresses the need for occupational safety and health training in the craft brewing industry. Available for free online, the training library has 10 courses each addressing a different procedure of the brewing process.
“Bell’s Brewery was pleased to host this event,” said Currier. “Sharing our space and the safety tools developed by the Brewers Association and Master Brewers Association of the Americas is all part of our ‘safety always’ culture.”
Bell’s sponsored the event to better help “Connect MIOSHA to Industry.” The multi-year project is designed to enhance customer service and program effectiveness. In line with LARA’s “customer driven, business minded” philosophy, the initiative focuses on increased communication, coordination and outreach throughout the MIOSHA program. Whether conducted by consultation or enforcement staff, the goal is to ensure MIOSHA collaborations are informative and valuable.
Bell's Brewery, Inc. is a regional craft brewery that employs more than 450 people over a 25-state area, in addition to Puerto Rico and Washington DC. The brewery currently brews more than 20 beers for distribution, as well as many other small batch beers that are served at its pub in Kalamazoo, the Eccentric Cafe. For more information, please visit bellsbeer.com.
For more information about MIOSHA, please visit www.michigan.gov/miosha
For more information about LARA, please visit www.michigan.gov/lara