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NGFA Profile: Safety, Health, and Environmental Quality Committee

Date Posted: June 27, 2014

This article is reprinted by permission from the NGFA Newsletter, Volume 66, No. 12, June 27 2014.

Editor’s note: NGFA relies heavily on its 18 active committees and councils to address significant issues related to public policy and industry business. As such, NGFA has launched a series of profiles looking at the committees, their priorities and leadership to keep members up-to-date on current issues.

Committee Name: Safety, Health and Environmental Quality Committee

Committee Chairman: Greg Rowe, Perdue Agribusiness, Salisbury, Md.

NGFA Liaisons:

Jess McCluer, Director of Safety and Regulatory Affairs

Dave Fairfield, Vice President of Feed Services

Committee Members: Below is a list of active committee members as of June 26:

Kimberly Botts, CGB Enterprises, Enid, Okla.

Charles (Chuck) Coffey, Ag Processing Inc., Omaha, Neb.

Brian Corderman, Farmers Cooperative Association, Alva, Okla.

Mark Daniels, CHS, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.

Kevin Danner, West Central Cooperative, Ralston, Iowa

Dave Frazelle, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Argenta, Ill.

Tom Flynn, Cargill Inc., Minneapolis

Matt Frederking, Ralco Nutrition Inc., Marshall, Minn.

Kevin Frye, GROWMARK Inc., Bloomington, Ill.

Paul Gooch, CGB Enterprises, Cahokia, Ill.

Brain Grimm, Bartlett Grain, Kansas City, Mo.

Tom Harmon, Gavilon Grain LLC, Omaha, Neb.

Roger Holdeman, JBS United, Gridley, Ill.

Kelly Jorgensen, Ag Processing Inc., Omaha, Neb.

Gary Kearn, The Scoular Co., Omaha, Neb.

John Lee, Grain and Feed Association of Illinois, Springfield, Ill.

John LeMaster, Agrex Inc., Ephrata, Wash

Steve Lierz, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Kansas City, Mo.

Kimberly Thorstad, Cargill AgHorizons, Minneapolis

Bob Marshall, Bunge North America Inc., Saint Louis, Mo. • Joann Nelson, General Mills Inc., Minneapolis

Jim Nolte, Wisconsin Agri-Business Association, Madison, Wis.

Craig Seim, Land O’Lakes Inc., Saint Paul, Minn.

Matt Shurtliff, J.D. Heiskell, Elkhorn, Neb.

Peter Tabor, Pet Food Institute, Washington, D.C. (exofficio)

In addition, Zach Krug, Nidera USA LLC, Milwaukee, Wis., participates with the committee as part of NGFA’s Committee Apprentice Program.

Committee Purpose: This committee focuses on operations-related issues and proactively represents the industry’s interests on matters affecting occupational safety and health, as well as the environment.

In so doing, it interacts extensively with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

It also develops regulatory compliance guidance and education/training materials for use by the industry to enhance employee safety and health.

Major Current Committee Activities: The committee currently is focusing on the following major issues:

Safety Conference: The NGFA and Grain Journal cosponsor a Safety Conference, which addresses key safety issues facing the grain and feed industries and includes time to network and visit safety equipment suppliers.

The day-and-a-half conference on July 29-31 at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo., is specifically designed for managers and directors, facility managers and key employees in the grain-handling, processing, milling, and feed industries.

Members of the committee worked with the Grain Journal to develop the agenda and recruit speakers for the conference.

In addition, several members of the committee also plan to either make presentations or participate in panel discussions. (For more on the conference, see

OSHA’s Global Harmonization Standard Amendment to Hazard Communication Standard: NGFA is leading a coalition of industry trade associations in a pending legal challenge regarding OSHA’s inclusion of new combustible dust language in its revised hazard communication standard.

The legal review is being pursued on grounds that the agency violated several federal laws – including not seeking public comment on including combustible dust during its rulemaking process on the hazard communication standard.

The committee has provided input to the legal briefs filed by the coalition’s outside counsel with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Regional One-Day Grain Handling Safety Seminars: The NGFA continues to offer a series of one-day regional seminars focusing on key elements of the OSHA grain handling standard [29 CFR 1910.272].

These elements include housekeeping, confined space entry, electrical, fall protection and personal protective equipment.

The NGFA is partnering with affiliated state and regional associations to co-sponsor and promote the events.

The courses highlight industry practices that foster the safety and health of employees working in grain-handling, processing, feed and export facilities, and focus heavily on preventing explosions and engulfments.

The committee has provided input on the material that is used in the seminars.

Rolling Stock Fall Protection: The committee is working with the American Association of Grain Inspection and Weighing Agencies (AAGIWA) in drafting a joint NGFAAAGIWA statement that explains the intent of the Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) upcoming directive on fall protection assessments and how it should be applied by both industry and designated agencies.

FGIS is in the process of developing a revised safety and health directive with several scenarios that include various types of facilities, equipment and types of operations to determine if the use of fall protection is feasible based on an a rolling stock fall protection citation they received from OSHA in 2010.

FGIS plans to finalize and distribute the directive by the end of July.

New Source Performance Standard for Grain Elevators/Temporary Storage: The NGFA is leading in an industry coalition that continues to work with the EPA on the temporary storage issue via the agency’s review of its new source performance standard (NSPS) for grain-handling facilities.

At this time, the EPA is nearing the date of publication of its long-awaited proposed changes to the NSPS for grain handling facilities.

The key item in the proposal will be EPA’s “new” definition of temporary storage and rescission of the 2007 letter that defined temporary storage as permanent.

For more information, call 202-289-0873.

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