Ensuring Workers' Safety and Minimizing Risks against Potential Health Hazards
Workers directly handling distillation procedures should be provided with respirators and policies requiring the use of said respirators should also be instituted.
Ensure proper training and supervision of workers in-charge of handling hazardous materials-
Handling of hazardous materials like varsol (mineral spirit), caustic acids and other solvents as well as cleaning materials should be performed only by those who have proper training and should be used in the entire facility under proper supervision.
Part of the workers’ training is the familiarization with the Material Data Safety Sheets furnished by hazmat suppliers in which information pertaining to hazardous contents, health hazards, first aid and emergency actions, are contained.
Installation of first aid stations, eye-wash stations and showers are necessary as means to minimize extent of injury in case of accidental exposure to hazardous chemicals.
Employ only qualified personnel to operate forklifts and transport equipment within and outside of plant facilities
Institution of company policies and guidelines to specifically address the duties and responsibilities of employees in charge of handling, packaging, storing and delivery of finished product.
Conduct periodic reviews and inspection of health, safety and anti-hazard devices, equipment, tools and guidelines.
These are only examples of the responsibilities of distillery companies and are different from the so-called corporate social responsibilities. The latter pertains to responsibilities in selling, marketing and advertising of alcoholic beverages. Hence, the justification that industries engaged in alcohol beverage manufacture are quite different from those engaged in producing and handling ordinary consumer products.