Safe Work Rules for Wineries
The following are recommended Safe Work Rules for all winery employees,
both permanent and temporary:
; Report all unsafe conditions and equipment to your supervisor, OHS Coordinator,
or the winemaker. Unsafe conditions shall be corrected as promptly as possible. ; Report all accidents, injuries and illnesses, no matter how minor, to your supervisor.
Failure to report an injury or accident is a violation of federal and state regulations
and shall lead to disciplinary action.
; Floors may be slippery; therefore, running is forbidden anywhere on winery
; Mark walkways within the winery. Stay within them unless your work requires you
to leave them. Walkways and aisles must remain free of debris and clean. ; Anyone found to be under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, on the job,
shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination. ; Horseplay, scuffling, and other acts which tend to have an adverse influence on the
safety or wellbeing of any employees are prohibited.
; Be familiar with the evacuation plan; know the location and proper operating
method of fire extinguishers. Know your site evacuation plan. Equipment that
affects fire protection, including fire doors, hose and extinguisher stations, electrical
panels, etc., shall not be tampered with, blocked or removed.
; Become familiar with all safety signs, safety equipment locations and know where
emergency exits are located and never block or make exits inoperative. ; Keep passageways, aisles, storage space and work areas clean and free from
obstructions at all times.
; Hoses for steam, air and water shall not be used except as required to perform
your job. Hoses shall not be left on the floor when not in use.
; Never drink water from a hose in any area of the winery. Cleaning chemicals may
be in the hose and could cause severe injury.
; When you go up or down stairs, you are to use the handrails.
; Ladders are to be ascended and descended facing the ladder, never facing away
; Valves on steam, air and water lines shall be turned off when not in use. ; Lift trucks have the right of way. Be on the lookout at all times, especially around
; Riding powered vehicles, unless they are designed to carry passengers, is not
allowed. Only properly authorized and trained individuals shall operate powered
; Do not distract or annoy other workers while they are working around machinery or
while they are performing their jobs.
; Observe all restricted areas and all warning signs.
; Loose or frayed clothing, long hair, dangling ties, finger rings, etc. shall not be worn
around moving machinery or other areas where they may become entangled.
Short pants are not allowed, and all personnel must wear shirts. Clothing shall be
suitable for the job performed.
; A safe shoe, which consists of a substantial thick composite or hard leather upper
and sole, shall be worn at all times when working in production areas. Sandals,
pumps, canvas or open shoes are not permitted in the production area. Proper
footwear is important for three reasons: 1) Proper foot support for long periods of
standing; 2) slip protection from wet and slippery floors; 3) and protection from
objects falling or running over feet.
; Personal protective equipment shall be worn when required; eye and hearing
protection shall be worn at all times on the bottling line. All individuals working in
the areas of the plant known to exceed noise levels allowed by current OSHA
regulations must wear hearing protection.
; Gloves shall be worn when burning, cutting, welding or handling scrap metal or
; Do not attempt to operate machinery for which you are not trained. ; Report any defects in materials, machinery, tools and equipment immediately to
; Turn off machinery and notify a maintenance tech, in case of breakdowns or
malfunctions, unless otherwise trained. Always turn off machinery and notify a
maintenance tech in case of emergency situation.
; Never operate machinery unless all guards are in place. Keep your work area neat
; Machines shall never be cleaned, adjusted or repaired unless the machine is
turned off; the circuit is broken at the power source and locked out. ; When handling hazardous materials, be sure to follow prescribed safety
procedures and use required safety equipment. Be sure all containers are labeled
as to their contents and hazards.
; Use extreme caution when filling propane tanks on lift trucks. Ask your supervisor if
uncertain of the correct procedure.
; Food and beverages can be consumed only in designated plant areas, or unless
otherwise approved by your supervisor.
; Broken glass, water, oil or product on the floor, wherever it occurs, shall be cleared
; Lift properly and ask for assistance with heavy loads; avoid twisting and turning
with a load; shift feet properly before moving. Lift with your legs, NOT YOUR BACK,
to avoid back injury.
; Do not enter empty wine tanks without supervisory order, properly equipped with
approved safety equipment, have an attendant present, and according to safety
regulations. Violators shall be disciplined.
; Space heaters are not allowed unless approved by the Maintenance Manager. If
space heaters are used, they must have a safety switch installed that causes them
to shut off when tipped over. No radios or headphones allowed unless approved
by your supervisor.
; When working with a VDT (video display terminal), have all pieces of furniture
adjusted, positioned and arranged to minimize strain on all parts of the body. ; All employees are required to wash their hands with soap and water before leaving
; Help employees are to work safely on the job. Show them the right way to do the
the safe way. job—
; Obey property speed limits.