ARLINGTON, March 19, 2019 — The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are hosting a major safety outreach effort – the “Stand-Up for Grain Safety Week” – from March 25-29, 2019, to help raise awareness about grain handling and storage hazards, provide education and training, and convey safety best practices.
A March 25 kickoff event, hosted by the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois and Asmark Agricenter in Bloomington, Ill., will include Illinois Department of Agriculture Director John Sullivan, OSHA Deputy Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt, NGFA Chairman Eric Wilkey, and other grain industry leaders, as well as training demonstrations. View the full agenda.
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Throughout the Stand-Up for Grain Safety Week, companies may participate by providing a focused activity and/or toolbox talk for employees on any hazard-prevention measure. Participating companies will be encouraged to fill out information about their safety activities on this website, which provides training materials and a certificate of participation.
Participants can share Stand-Up success stories on social media with the hashtag: #StandUp4GrainSafety.
The campaign is made possible by the NGFA-OSHA Alliance in collaboration with the Grain Elevator and Processing Society, the American Feed Industry Association, the North American Millers Association and the Grain Handling Safety Coalition.
The NGFA has several resources, including Safety Tip Sheets, guidance documents and training videos, for companies wishing to become involved in the campaign. More information, as well as official OSHA regulations and guidance documents relevant to the grain handlers, can be found on OSHA’s website.
The NGFA, established in 1896, consists of more than 1,000 grain, feed, processing, exporting and other grain-related companies that operate more than 7,000 facilities and handle more than 70 percent of all U.S. grains and oilseeds. Its membership includes grain elevators; feed and feed ingredient manufacturers; biofuels companies; grain and oilseed processors and millers; exporters; livestock and poultry integrators; and associated firms that provide goods and services to the nation’s grain, feed and processing industry. The NGFA also consists of 34 affiliated State and Regional Grain and Feed Associations, and is co-located and has a strategic alliance with North American Export Grain Association, and a strategic alliance with Pet Food Institute.