The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) completed a major safety outreach effort, the “Stand-Up for Grain Engulfment Prevention Awareness Week” from April 9-13, to help raise awareness about grain bin engulfment hazards, provide education and training, and convey safety best practices.
Made possible by the NGFA-OSHA Alliance, in collaboration with Grain Elevator and Processing Society, the stand-up week promoted grain bin safety on both farms and at commercial grain handling facilities.
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens proclaimed April 9-13 “Stand-Up for Grain Engulfment Prevention Awareness Week” in Missouri during the kick-off event on April 9 at the Scoular grain facility in Adrian, Mo.
The event featured Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt, as well as a reading of the Missouri governor’s Proclamation on Grain Bin Safety by Anna Hui, director of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. NGFA Executive Committee Chairman John Heck, senior vice president of Scoular, Omaha, Neb., hosted and moderated the event, and NGFA President Randy Gordon provided remarks on behalf of the Association. “Enhancing safety in the workplace is everyone’s job,” Gordon said. “It also requires collaboration and a team effort, and NGFA is committed to making it a focus and priority within our industry not just this week, but every day of every week.” View photos here.
The week continued with a free webinar covering OSHA safety resources on April 10, featuring Sweatt and Greg Rowe, the vice president of operations, safety, health, and environment at Perdue AgriBusiness and chairman of NGFA’s Safety, Health, and Environmental Quality Committee. During the remainder of the week, NGFA distributed training materials on specialty safety topics, including grain bin entry, mechanical hazards, and grain engulfment.
A certificate of participation is available for all employees who take part in Stand-Up events during “Stand-Up for Grain Engulfment Prevention Week.” Details are available here.