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    Register for Free at Eventbrite The Virtual Public Policy Conference, hosted by the American Craft Spirits Association and the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, provides distillers, owners or operators of DSPs, sales or front of the house teams, investors, and suppliers to our spirits industry the opportunity to engage directly with lawmakers in the nation’s capital and advocate for parity with beer and wine on FET relief, trade support, and other critically important issues. Given the unprecedented challenges affecting the country, we must not get lost in the pressing matters before Congress. There is no more important time for our collective voices to be heard in Washington D.C. This year we've made it easy for you to "attend" from the comfort of your distillery, home, park, or wherever you might have a quiet spot. All you'll need is a smartphone, tablet, or computer to connect with your industry peers and those on Capitol Hill. Agenda Tuesday, September 15 12:30pm EST- 3:30pm EST / 9:30am-12:30pm PST (3 hours) Issues Impacting the Industry Join Jim Hyland (Public Policy Counsel, ACSA) and Kelly Poulsen (Vice President of Federal Government Relations, DISCUS) for a discussion on the latest on the federal excise tax, issue background, and talking points. Interact with Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) officials as they provide an update on the Bureau’s operations with an opportunity to ask questions of TTB officials. Discussions on other emerging issues Wednesday September 16 12:30pm-3:30pm EST/ 9:30am-12:30pm PST (3 hours) Congressional Meetings Join virtual meetings with other distillers from your state and with your elected officials as you seek their support on tax policies and other matters impacting the industry!
  2. OSHA has made it clear that it will enforce its jurisdiction over the micro-distillers (DSPs) nation wide. Below is a URL for actions taken across the nation by OSHA that includes giants of the industry and micros such as Tuthilltown Spirits in New York. https://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/industry.search?p_logger=1&sic=&naics=312140&State=All&officetype=All&Office=All&endmonth=02&endday=27&endyear=2011&startmonth=02&startday=27&startyear=2016&owner=&scope=&FedAgnCode= What can you do: 1) Review OSHA rules in your state. There are FREE Federal and State level programs that can bring you into compliance and “protect” you from citations. Read the New York State documents below for further details and requirements. https://www.osha.gov/dcsp/smallbusiness/consult.html New York State has this program: Division of Safety and Health - DOSH - New York State Department of Labor: https://www.labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/safetyhealth/DOSH_ONSITE_CONSULTATION.shtm Oregon’s Fact Sheet: http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/osha/pdf/pubs/fact_sheets/fs57.pdf 2) Do not assume that safety consultants working with OSHA rules will be able to give you effective advice on rules that relate to the operation of DSPs. DSPs are not “standard” manufacturing entities. They have unique requirements based on the explosive nature of ethanol and dust from grain operations. 3) Do not assume that your location, size, agricultural or rural location or ownership structure absolve your operation from compliance. Ethanol manufacturing is regulated despite the fact than many (all?!?!?) local code authorities have no understanding of the safety requirements that you as an owner or employee need to resolve for compliance. Generally the lack of a local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) will mean your DSP will operate under your State's interpretation of Federal regulations. Each State has it’s own interaction/interpretation with Federal OSHA rules. 4) Join DISCUS (Distilled Spirits Council of the United States) and get this document. Read and conform to the guidance provided. http://www.discus.org/ Recommended Fire Protection Practices for Distilled Spirits Beverage Facilities Tuthilltown’s OSHA investigator used this document as the reference to cite Tuthilltown’s operation. In the absence of specific Federal OSHA guidance for beverage alcohol production (DSPs), expect that your OSHA investigator will defer to this document as the INDUSTRY STANDARD. Expect to be held to this guidance standard!!! 5) Do NOT assume that other CODE (NEC, IBC, etc.) authorities have no jurisdiction on your operation because you are agricultural, small, family/privately owned or just plain nice folks. 6) When you buy a forklift, make sure that it is safety (OSHA) rated for moving ANY high proof containers.
  3. OSHA has made it clear that it will enforce its jurisdiction over the micro-distillers (DSPs) nation wide. Below is a URL for actions taken across the nation by OSHA that includes giants of the industry and micros such as Tuthilltown Spirits in New York. https://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/industry.search?p_logger=1&sic=&naics=312140&State=All&officetype=All&Office=All&endmonth=02&endday=27&endyear=2011&startmonth=02&startday=27&startyear=2016&owner=&scope=&FedAgnCode= What can you do: 1) Review OSHA rules in your state. There are FREE Federal and State level programs that can bring you into compliance and “protect” you from citations. Read the New York State documents below for further details. https://www.osha.gov/dcsp/smallbusiness/consult.html New York State has this program: Division of Safety and Health - DOSH - New York State Department of Labor: https://www.labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/safetyhealth/DOSH_ONSITE_CONSULTATION.shtm Oregon’s Fact Sheet: http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/osha/pdf/pubs/fact_sheets/fs57.pdf 2) Do not assume that safety consultants working with OSHA rules will be able to give you effective advice on rules that relate to the operation of DSPs. DSPs are not “standard” manufacturing entities. They have unique requirements based on the explosive nature of ethanol and dust from grain operations. 3) Do not assume that your location, size, agricultural or rural location or ownership structure absolve your operation from compliance. Ethanol manufacturing is regulated despite the fact than many (all?!?!?) local code authorities have no understanding of the safety requirements you as an owner or employee need to resolve for compliance. Generally the lack of a local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) will mean your DSP will operate under State interpretations of Federal regulations. Each State has it’s own interaction/interpretation with Federal OSHA rules. 4) Join DISCUS (Distilled Spirits Council of the United States) and get this document read and conform to the guidance provided. http://www.discus.org/ Recommended Fire Protection Practices for Distilled Spirits Beverage Facilities Tuthilltown’s OSHA investigator used this document as the reference to cite Tuthilltown’s operation. In the absence of specific Federal OSHA guidance for beverage alcohol production (DSPs), expect that your OSHA investigator will defer to this document as the INDUSTRY STANDARD. Expect to be held to this guidance standard!!! 5) Do NOT assume that other CODE (NEC, IBC, etc.) authorities have no jurisdiction on your operation because you are agricultural, small, family/privately owned or just plain nice folks. 6) When you buy a forklift, make sure that it is safety rated for moving ANY high proof containers.
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