Companies are responsible for proper training of manpower and the mandatory use of safety equipment (gloves and goggles) when cleaning beer lines and breweries. It is strongly suggested that a company program be in place to protect your company and employees. Make your management aware. Have your management consult your insurance company or your personnel department to implement a program suited to your needs.
Remember to clean properly; the chemical concentration used is critical.
Brewers Association recommends these 4 PRECAUTIONS to ensure safety
1 – Diluting
When diluting chemical concentrate, always add the chemical to water first and never add water to the chemical. Adding water to concentrated caustic chemical can cause a rapid increase in temperature.
2 – Protection
Personal protection equipment including rubber gloves and eye protection should be used whenever handling line cleaning chemicals.
3 – Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
Cleaning solution suppliers offer Safety Data Sheets (SDS) on their products. Cleaning personnel should have these sheets and follow their procedures while handling line cleaning chemicals.
4 – Training
Cleaning personnel should be well trained in handling hazardous chemicals