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Below is an excerpt from our Brewery Safety Program which will be officially launched on November 1, 2012.

The Brewery Safety Program will free to any and all to help breweries improve the safety of their work environment.  You can sign up now and have the program e-mailed to you the second it is ready. Head on over to our Brewery Safety page to get it started.

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Breweries have hot surfaces present every day during operations, and most employees have learned or been educated on how to avoid them.
OSHA requirements are to insulate or guard against contact from pipes or other exposed surfaces having an external surface temperature of 140°F or higher and located within 7 feet measured vertically from the floor or working level, or 15 inches horizontally from stairways and fixed ladders.

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Welcome to the first blog post for CFO’s Corner – Strategic Finance Advice to Grow and Scale Your Business.  In the upcoming posts, we will be looking at all things accounting and finance, to ensure that your business can scale with your planned success.  I would like to start, however, with a discussion defining just what the role of CFO really is.

CFO, VP of Finance, Controller, Accountant, Bookkeeper, Assistant, and maybe Financial Analyst: These are the usual titles you will encounter in the Accounting/Finance department.  What do they all mean, and what do they do?  I am glad you asked. Read More

An excerpt from our Brewery Safety Program, officially launching on November 1, 2012, follows below.

The Brewery Safety Program will be free to any and all to help breweries improve the safety of their work environment.  You can sign up now and have the program emailed to you the second it is ready. Head on over to our Brewery Safety page to get it started.

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Arrangements should be made in advance with an occupational medicine clinic that is capable of addressing the needs of the brewery.  These needs may be pre-employment physicals, respirator user exams, or treatment of occupational injuries and illnesses.  Professional care should be supplemented by a first aid kit that is readily available to employees.  First aid kits must be inspected frequently and kept clean, stocked, and replenished as necessary. Read More

The California Supreme Court issued a ruling in April 2012 regarding an employer’s obligation to “provide” its employees with meal breaks. The decision (Brinker Restaurant Corp. vs. Superior Court) requires employers only “provide” a meal period rather than “ensure” that employees take a meal period, as previously enforced. The Brinker decision does not change most compliance standards associated with meal periods, only technically, relieves employers from paying meal penalties. Under Brinker, an employer meal period is “provided” when:
  1. Employer relieves the employee of all duties.
  2. Employer ceases control over the employee’s activities during this time.
  3. Employer provides an uninterrupted 30-minute break.
  4. Employer does not impede or discourage an employee from taking a 30-minute break

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