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|North Dakota Grain Dealers
Alliance Annual and Close-out Report 2006–2007
August 27, 2007
I. Alliance Background
June 9, 2003
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the North Dakota Grain Dealers Association (NDGDA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and the North Dakota Grain Dealers Association hereby form an Alliance to use their collective expertise to help foster a culture of prevention while sharing best practices and technical knowledge.
Implementation Team Members
June 9, 2006 to June 9, 2007
II. Implementation Team Meetings
III. Events and Products
Outreach and Communication
The following is a summary statement from the North Dakota Grain Dealers Association’s Safety Director:
The alliance agreement between NDGDA and OSHA has been beneficial and positive for the grain industry in North Dakota. The purpose of the agreement is to promote a safe and healthful workplace for grain elevator and feed mill employees through information sharing, training and education, outreach and communication.
The following objectives have been realized as a result of the OSHA alliance:
The value to OSHA of sharing workplace safety practices, training and technical knowledge with the grain industry facility managers, supervisors, and employees is immeasurable. The culture that is fostered results in a higher level of awareness and understanding of the value of safety. Through the alliance, we are able to influence many more employers/employees than through traditional methods. Through the alliance, we are also able to leverage resources within the grain industry community.
NDGDA completed a yearlong evaluation of injuries and illnesses and near-misses reported via the OSHA 300 and Workforce Safety and Insurance (WSI) to better understand what is occurring throughout the State at their facilities. This information will be utilized for targeted training in response to the types of injuries and illnesses and measured against future data.
Alliance participation was minimal, at best, and will not be renewed. Although the NDGDA and OSHA had identified measurable goals, NDGDA constituents were reluctant to participate in the process and the results not statistically reliable. Some of the tangible benefits were the identification of several injury trends which led to an increase in training and education regarding those trends.