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I've started milling grain with our new hammer mill and am getting a lot of dust exposure. I picked up a half mask respirator with the standard cartridges, and try to wear it pretty snug, but still feel like I'm getting exposure (coughing up a lung at night). I do have a full beard, so I'm trying to figure out if I'm just letting particulates in through the beard/mask contact, or if I need to switch to HEPA filters... Before I shave it off, is anyone getting around this successfully? I know theres more than a few bearded grain distillers out there...
What options are available to minimize dust when using 50lb sacks ground to flour? Is there anything for manual pour into the mash tun, or is an auger system needed? I would eventually like to auger with larger sacks or mill ourselves, so something we can grow with would be great.
OSHA has made it clear that it will enforce its jurisdiction over the micro-distillers (DSPs) nation wide. Below is a URL for actions taken across the nation by OSHA that includes giants of the industry and micros such as Tuthilltown Spirits in New York. https://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/industry.search?p_logger=1&sic=&naics=312140&State=All&officetype=All&Office=All&endmonth=02&endday=27&endyear=2011&startmonth=02&startday=27&startyear=2016&owner=&scope=&FedAgnCode= What can you do: 1) Review OSHA rules in your state. There are FREE Federal and State level programs that can bring you into compliance and “protect” you from citations. Read the New York State documents below for further details. https://www.osha.gov/dcsp/smallbusiness/consult.html New York State has this program: Division of Safety and Health - DOSH - New York State Department of Labor: https://www.labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/safetyhealth/DOSH_ONSITE_CONSULTATION.shtm Oregon’s Fact Sheet: http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/osha/pdf/pubs/fact_sheets/fs57.pdf 2) Do not assume that safety consultants working with OSHA rules will be able to give you effective advice on rules that relate to the operation of DSPs. DSPs are not “standard” manufacturing entities. They have unique requirements based on the explosive nature of ethanol and dust from grain operations. 3) Do not assume that your location, size, agricultural or rural location or ownership structure absolve your operation from compliance. Ethanol manufacturing is regulated despite the fact than many (all?!?!?) local code authorities have no understanding of the safety requirements you as an owner or employee need to resolve for compliance. Generally the lack of a local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) will mean your DSP will operate under State interpretations of Federal regulations. Each State has it’s own interaction/interpretation with Federal OSHA rules. 4) Join DISCUS (Distilled Spirits Council of the United States) and get this document read and conform to the guidance provided. http://www.discus.org/ Recommended Fire Protection Practices for Distilled Spirits Beverage Facilities Tuthilltown’s OSHA investigator used this document as the reference to cite Tuthilltown’s operation. In the absence of specific Federal OSHA guidance for beverage alcohol production (DSPs), expect that your OSHA investigator will defer to this document as the INDUSTRY STANDARD. Expect to be held to this guidance standard!!! 5) Do NOT assume that other CODE (NEC, IBC, etc.) authorities have no jurisdiction on your operation because you are agricultural, small, family/privately owned or just plain nice folks. 6) When you buy a forklift, make sure that it is safety rated for moving ANY high proof containers.
Looking for thoughts/experiences with dust collection during grain handling and processing. We will be using a Rad Equipment hammer mill, augers to move the grist, and a loading hopper to charge the mill and a surge hopper to charge the mash tank. The city wants us to install dust collection, which we figured we'd have to, just wondering if anyone loves their equipment, or hates it...? Thanks, Ryan