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OSHA partners with grain, feed employers

Two-year alliance to focus on preventing exposures to grain handling hazards

Posted September 19, 2017

OSHA announced it has formed an alliance with the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) to protect the safety and health of workers in the grain handling industry. The two-year partnership will focus on preventing exposure to hazards associated with grain bin entry, machine guarding, respiratory protection, falls, heat exposure, combustible dust, struck-by equipment, and lockout/tagout.

Alliance members will share recommended practices and effective approaches for recognizing and preventing grain handling hazards with OSHA staff and industry safety experts. In addition, participants will support and promote events such as the Grain Industry Stand-Up, which focuses on preventing grain engulfment.

OSHA uses its Alliance Program to work with unions, consulates, trade and professional organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, businesses, and educators to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries, and illnesses. The partnerships work to develop compliance assistance tools and resources to inform workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities.

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