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Be Prepared When OSHA Visits Your Gin

We have seen quite a few OSHA inspections occurring in the cotton ginning industry lately. If you have never been through one, there are a few things you can do now to make it go much more smoothly. First, we have found that gins typically do a good job on the physical front. Things like guarding and electrical compliance are ... Read More »

Gins Should Prepare For OSHA Visits

There are several Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspections in progress at cotton gins right now. We have spent some time discussing OSHA inspections at our local meetings and at the gin schools. There will be additional discussions in January at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences in San Antonio, so be sure and attend the Ginning Conferences this year. In some ways, the inspections are very similar. We are seeing inspectors that have never been to a cotton gin before, and they make suggestions that are simply not possible to achieve. We are also seeing the normal emphasis in employee training, hazard communication programs and guarding. One significant difference we are seeing during inspections recently is a tendency to have a safety inspection, followed by a separate health inspection. We don’t know if this is the result of an emphasis in one particular region or something that is being emphasized across the United States. Read More »

Be Careful In The Heat When Doing Gin Repairs

We’re fortunate to live in what some people call the Sunbelt, but we call it the Cotton Belt. The winters are normally (last year excepted) mild, and spring and fall are usually beautiful. The summers… well they’re SUMMER. Hot and humid. Did I mention it was HOT!? This is also the time when a LOT of work is done on ... Read More »

OSHA Officials Visit Texas Cotton Gins

OSHA has paid visits to two gins in Texas over the last 12 months. We have learned several lessons from these two visits. One of the main lessons we have learned is that the ginning industry has very good safety programs, policies and procedures in place. If you are following all the recommendations and procedures outlined by your regional and ... Read More »

Well Trained Ginners Necessary For The Future

National Cotton Ginners Association (NCGA) President Dwayne Alford says building and maintaining a well-trained ginning sector workforce is vitally important for the U.S. cotton industry to continue being globally competitive. That’s the key message Alford conveyed in his remarks to the Texas Cotton Ginners’ Association annual meeting last month. “I can’t emphasize enough that a competent ginner workforce is critical ... Read More »

Ginning Safety Can’t Be Emphasized Enough

Why the big focus on safety? It's no secret that your associations are the smallest of small businesses, but the role of your associations has become a big part of what you know about ginning cotton. Cotton ginners associations started like most other associations – a way to organize and learn from each other. Read More »