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Grain Journal Features OSHA’s Enforcement Efforts in the Grain Industry

Late last year, I delivered a keynote address to the National Grain & Feed Association’s (NGFA) annual Country Elevator Conference regarding:

  1. Why it is important for grain handlers to prepare now for an OSHA inspection;
  2. What to do now to prepare for an OSHA inspection; and
  3. How best to manage an OSHA inspection once it begins.

The Grain Journal, a leading voice in the grain industry, published a three-part article series about my speech in its March/April issue.  The articles   – “OSHA Is Targeting You,” “Preparing for an Inspection,” and “During the Inspection” – can be found here at pages 68 – 80 of the March/April issue of Grain Journal.

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OSHA Continues to Bear Down on the Grain Industry

Last week, the leaders of the grain industry in North Dakota gathered for their annual conference, this year the Centennial gathering of the North Dakota Grain Dealers Association.  I had the opportunity to speak at the conference, and share some background about OSHA’s increasing focus on the grain handling industry, a review of grain handlers’ rights vis-a-vis OSHA, and some strategies and tips for preparing for and managing an OSHA inspection.

An audience member at the convention wrote two articles that provide some detail about my presentation.  The first article covers the increased enforcement activity and OSHA inspection rights and tips, and the second article reviews OSHA’s inconsistent and impractical enforcement stance regarding sweep augers inside of grain bins.

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