NGFA signs cooperative alliance with OSHA
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) formed an alliance, which will allow the grain, feed and processing industry to work more closely and collaboratively with the regulatory agency.
The Alliance, signed by Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary of OSHA Loren Sweatt and NGFA President Randy Gordon, during NGFA’s Board of Directors meeting in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 13, 2017, provides NGFA members and others with information, guidance, and access to resources that help to protect the safety of workers. This collaboration is designed to help NGFA build trusting, cooperative relationships with the Agency; network with OSHA staff to increase lines of communication within the Agency; leverage resources to maximize worker safety and health protection; and gain recognition as a proactive leader in safety and health.
Through the Alliance, the NGFA and OSHA will focus on providing both NGFA members and OSHA staff with information guidance and access to resources regarding the safety and health hazards associated with grain bin entry, machine guarding, respiratory protection, falls, heat, combustible dust, struck-by and lockout/tagout.
Safe + Sound Week is Aug. 13-19:
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is asking organizations and businesses to demonstrate their commitment to workplace safety and health by participating in Safe + Sound Week, Aug. 13-19, 2018. DOL noted more than 200 organizations, including the NGFA, already are partnering with OSHA to promote safety and health programs.
NGFA-OSHA Alliance Priority Issues
- Grain Handling Standard
- Respiratory Protection
- Combustible Dust
- Machine Guarding
- Emergency Response
OSHA Emphasis Areas Relative to Grain Handling Industry
- Heat Illness
- Fall Prevention
- Hispanic/Latino workers
- Small Business
- Temporary Workers