OSHA Announces Grain Worker Safety Alliance

OSHA and the National Grain and Feed Association (NFGA) have formed an alliance to protect workers in the grain handling industry.

The two-year alliance will focus on preventing exposure to hazards associated with grain bin entry, machine guarding, respiratory protection, falls, heat exposure exposures, combustible dust, struck-by equipment, and lockout/tagout, according to OSHA’s announcement.

NGFA was established in 1896. It consists of more than 1,000 grain, feed, processing, exporting, and other grain-related companies that operate more than 7,000 facilities and handle more than 70 percent of all U.S. grains and oilseeds.

Members include grain elevators; feed and feed ingredient manufacturers; biofuels companies; grain and oilseed processors and millers; exporters; livestock and poultry integrators; and associated firms.

The announcement said participants also plan to support and promote events such as the Grain Industry Stand-Up, which focuses on engulfment prevention.

Through its Alliance Program, OSHA works with unions, consulates, trade and professional organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, businesses, and educational institutions to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries, and illnesses.

The purpose of each alliance is to develop compliance assistance tools and resources to educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities.