The NGFA and Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) annual safety outreach effort, Stand Up for Grain Safety Week, is April 13-17. However, the official celebratory “kick off” event, scheduled for April 13 at the Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center in Ithaca, Neb., is postponed to align with federal guidelines due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
But NGFA and its safety partners will continue with extensive plans to distribute safety updates and encourage facilities to adopt best safety practices throughout the week of April 13.
Stand Up for Grain Safety Week helps raise awareness about grain handling and storage hazards, provides education and training, and conveys safety best practices. It is being sponsored under the auspices of the NGFA-OSHA Alliance, which facilitates cooperation and communication between the regulatory agency and the grain, feed, processing and export industry. The Grain Elevator and Processing Society and the Grain Handling Safety Coalition are partnering with NGFA and OSHA in the national outreach effort.
During the week, companies can participate by providing a focused activity and/or toolbox talk on any hazard-prevention safety measure. NGFA will issue daily training guides throughout the week and share updates on social media with #StandUp4GrainSafety.