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U.S. Department of Labor and Wisconsin Agri-Business Association Establish Alliance to Address Grain-Handling Hazards
EAU CLAIRE, WI – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Wisconsin Agri-Business Association (WABA), and Wisconsin On-Site Consultation Program have signed a two-year alliance to address safety and health hazards employees face at Wisconsin grain-handling sites.
The alliance will focus on reducing and preventing exposure to engulfment, falls, auger entanglement, struck-by and combustible dust hazards and electrocutions. Alliance members will share information on OSHA’s grain handling standards and how to recognize common grain-handling hazards.
The OSHA Alliance Program fosters collaborative relationships with groups committed to worker safety and health. Alliance partners help OSHA reach targeted audiences, such as employers and workers in high-hazard industries, giving them better access to workplace safety and health tools and information.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for American working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov/.
The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.