The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) in 2017 formed a cooperative 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.
Stand-Up for Grain Safety Week is April 13-17
NGFA and OSHA are hosting a major safety outreach effort – “Stand Up for Grain Safety Week” – from April 13-17, 2020, to help raise awareness about grain handling and storage hazards, provide education and training, and convey safety best practices. Visit the Stand-Up website.
Industry Best Practice Sheets
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