There are numerous safety and health hazards associated with grain handling operations. If workers are unaware of the potential hazards in their work environment, they are more vulnerable to injury. The following references describe the health hazards associated with grain handling and how to recognize them.
Grain fumigant. OSHA Hazard Information Bulletin (HIB), (1984, March 14). The use of chemical grain fumigants for the control of insect infestation of stored grain can result in hazardous exposures to workers involved in the handling of both fumigants and fumigated grain. Fumigants commonly used for insect control on stored grain include methyl bromide, phosphine, and carbon disulfide.
Hazard Alert: Combustible Dust Explosions (PDF*). OSHA Fact Sheet, (2008, March). Provides a brief and easy to understand summary of hazards associated with combustible dusts; work practices and guidelines that reduce the potential for a combustible dust explosions.
Safe Grain and Silage Handling. US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Publication No. 95-109, (1995). Links to an informative publication covering the hazards associated with grain harvesting, transporting, storing, conveying, and processing.
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