The workshop, to be held Sunday, March 1, will cover the main causes of engulfment, as well as rescue techniques. However, the program will also become personal. Three people who were buried in grain and then rescued will relate their experiences.
“Despite concerted efforts by the industry to limit engulfment dangers, people in our industry continue to become engulfed, and die,” said Kathy Reading of Seedburo Equipment Co., chair of GEAPS Educational Programming Committee. “Members told us that the GEAPS Exchange needed to cover this topic in a significant way, and so that is what we’re going to do.
“We hope this workshop serves as a catalyst for members of the audience to put a rescue plan together, get some training, involve their local fire and rescue departments, and be better prepared should it happen to them or at their facility.”
The 45-minute-long safety sessions, along with 12 others on various grain operations topics, will be offered Monday and Tuesday, March 2-3. The safety sessions cover the following:
Seven essentials to reducing workplace injuries
This session will show how companies can most efficiently cut down on the numbers of workplace injuries and save money in workers’ compensation costs. It will cover written programs, employee training, accident investigation, return-to-work programs, facility inspections, management and supervisor commitment, and program accountability. These steps will help with OSHA compliance, but more importantly reduce direct and indirect costs of accidents and provide for a safer workplace.
Speaker: Mike Tatman, General Manager, Safety Resource Alliance, Milford, IA
Coordinator: Joe Allen, Risk Management, Area Manager, Kansas Farmers Service Assn., Hutchinson, KS
Working with OSHA and complying with the Grain Standard (1910.272)
This session will discuss how grain facilities can work with OSHA to help them comply with federal safety and health regulations, and the hazards that OSHA inspectors are trained to look for during an inspection.
Speaker: Brian Bothast, Compliance Assistance Specialist, OSHA, Peoria, IL
Coordinator: Eric Clements, Operations Manager, Topflight Grain, Bement, IL
Preventing dust explosions
Understanding how grain-dust explosions occur is essential to preventing them. Presented by a neutral “third party” with access to numerous explosion sites, this session will examine details about main causes without divulging where the blasts occurred. The session will cover management responsibilities, employee training and employee responsibilities, preventive maintenance, building systems and best-management practices.
Speaker: Ron Demaray, President, CEO, RCI, Horton, IA
Coordinator: Dave Powers, Vice President Operations, RCI, Boone, AL
Contingency planning in case of disaster
According to a 9-11 Commission report, “preparedness is not a luxury. It is a cost of doing business.” Ensuring that your agency or business is prepared to carry out its most crucial functions after natural or man-made disasters is increasingly important. This session, to be presented by a U.S. Army major, will provide practical guidance on “Continuity of Operations,” a contingency-management methodology that can apply to most businesses or facilities, including those in the grain industry.
Speaker: Maj. Dave Young, Integrated Initiatives Office, Adjutant General’s Department U.S. Army, Topeka, KS
Coordinator: Mike Ravenstein, Safety Specialist, The Scoular Co., Goodland, KS
Managing regulatory compliance
Regulatory management requires resources, knowledge and expertise not unlike other day-to-day management activities. This session will address the process by which grain elevator managers can keep abreast of new and changing regulations governing their workplace; the applicability to their situation; what must be done to comply with the requirements; and, most importantly, what is the best method for their operation to achieve compliance in the most efficient and effective way.
Speaker: Allen Wolsing, Risk Manager, Allen Wolsing, Risk Manager, White River Co-op, Benton, IL