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OSHA asks companies to participate in grain safety stand-down campaign

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is organizing a “Stand-Up for Grain Engulfment Prevention” campaign promoting grain bin safety in an effort to prevent engulfment and entanglements. During the week of March 27 – 31, OSHA is encouraging employers to join this campaign, OSHA’s first for the grain handling industry. The agency hopes that it […]

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Fewer grain dust explosions reported nationwide in 2016

The number of grain dust explosions in the United States fell to a 10-year low in 2016, but two of the incidents resulted in the first fatalities since 2013, according to an annual report released by Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. There were five grain dust explosions in 2016, compared to eight […]

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OSHA maintains five-year recordkeeping requirement

By Jess McCluer, Vice President of Safety and Regulatory Affairs The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) issued one of its last rules for the Obama administration with a final rule that amends the OSHA recordkeeping regulations to clarify that the duty to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses is an […]

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NGFA to host regulatory compliance seminars

By Jess McCluer, Vice President of Safety and Regulatory Affairs The NGFA will partner with the Kansas Grain and Feed Association (KGFA) and the Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NeGFA) to host regulatory compliance seminars in January. The NGFA/KGFA seminar is scheduled for Jan. 12 in Hays, Kan. Register online or access the flier. The […]

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Grain elevator air pollution rule sent to White House

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently sent a rule that updates particulate matter pollution standards for grain elevators, including the treatment of temporary storage facilities, to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a 90-day interagency review. The final rule on new source performance standards (NSPS), sent to the OMB on Oct. […]

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NGFA Safety Tips: Vehicle Struck-By

Struck-by injuries and fatalities involve conventional vehicles, forklifts, semi-trucks and other moving industrial equipment, such as cranes and yard trucks. With harvest in full swing and additional traffic occurring at facilities, certain precautions should be taken to ensure a safe work environment for both your employees and customers. The “NGFA Safety Tips: Vehicle Struck-By” guide […]

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NGFA-NAEGA to host industry workshop in Oregon

NGFA and the North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA) are hosting another workshop on Oct. 18 in a periodic series of joint Industry-U.S. government workshops at the Wheat Marketing Center in Portland, Ore. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) jointly hosts the workshop, which includes a U.S. Coast Guard update on […]

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Federal overtime rule faces pushback

The House of Representatives last week passed a bill that would delay implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor’s final rule governing overtime pay, which will double the salary threshold below which executive, administrative and professional employees will have to be paid overtime for working more than 40 hours a week from the current salary […]

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Court rules against OSHA on fertilizer storage rules

NGFA-member companies with farm supply operations will be heartened by the Sept. 22 ruling of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) acted illegally when it issued new requirements for fertilizer storage without a public comment period. According to the court, OSHA violated the Occupational Safety and Health […]

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NGFA Alert – Mycotoxins

Given the crop conditions this season, the NGFA is taking the opportunity to remind the industry of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) current action levels for aflatoxin, as well as its regulatory guidance for fumonisn and vomitoxin levels. The FDA has issued regulatory guidance for these three mycotoxins that may be present in […]

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