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Protecting the workers in your winery or vineyard also protects the productivity of your winery.

As a winery owner or operator, taking steps to identify and control the risks in your workplace can prevent many of the injuries or illnesses associated with activities carried out in your operations. Hazardous activities in the wine industry can contribute to serious injuries, illness, or even death if they are not managed appropriately.

Some of the hazards found in wine production include:

  • MSIs (musculoskeletal injuries)
  • confined space
  • hot work
  • machinery
  • hazardous chemicals
  • noise
  • fatigue
  • slips, trips, and falls
  • driving and mobile equipment

Find resources below to help you identify and manage these risks at your winery.

Free health and safety training

For small manufacturers and food processors | Member benefit

You could go months, or even years, without an accident. But when the worst happens, the impact is devastating.

Do you know your legal responsibilities as an employer?

Take steps to limit the risk to your people—and your business.

Start with a FREE Small Business
Health & Safety Fundamentals course

Understand your legal responsibilities and how you can protect your team with this 60 minute online course.
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* If we contacted you about this free training offer, you are already a member of the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC — and eligible for free training and support.

OHS Fundamentals

Every employer has a responsibility to maintain a healthy and safe work environment. The Alliance provides support to winery employers to help them understand these responsibilities and fundamental training and resources for employees to ensure that they understand their rights and responsibilities to each other.
Occupational health and safety (OHS) fundamentals
An OHS program should be built upon certain fundamental management principles. A commitment from leadership will help your health and safety strategy achieve the strongest results.
Leadership, roles, and responsibilities
The employer/manager/owner of all businesses in BC – regardless of their size – is responsible for the leadership of the safety and health programs.
Hazard ID and risk management
Every workplace has many hazards to be identified, assessed, and controlled. It is important to identify all hazards in the workplace and evaluate the risks associated with these hazards to lower the risk of injury and property damage.
Workplace Inspections
Regular workplace inspections are effective ways to identify and address workplace hazards that have the potential of causing injury or illness. 
Incident investigation
An effective and systematic incident investigation program is a key driver to the continuous improvement of your health and safety program, policies.
Training, instruction, and communication
Every new worker, and workers changing roles, must have adequate training before starting work and when new, unfamiliar tasks are assigned. There are many ways to conduct training.
Emergency Preparedness
Fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, and power outages — whatever the emergency is — can happen without warning. Emergency preparedness ensures that when an emergency strikes, you have a plan ready to go, and are not scrambling last minute to get all your resources in order. An emergency preparedness and response plan is a document that […]

Winery-specific risks

You can prevent many of the injuries associated with the common risks in winery and vineyard operations if you identify your workplace hazards and take steps to control them.
Ammonia

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