Grain industry professionals have a new option for learning how to prevent a grain entrapment, and what to do if one occurs.
We anticipate it will be as popular as Aeration System Design and Fan Operational Management, which is the other course being offered and one of the most sought-after courses in the curriculum.
Registration is now open for both courses, which start May 29 and run through June 29.
Wayne Bauer, former GEAPS president, was instrumental in the development of the course on grain entrapment.
"We knew we had to build and offer a course like this because the tragedy of grain bin entrapments is still very real.
"It happens over and over again in our industry, even though it is entirely avoidable.
"With education and a sustained commitment to safety, we can make a real difference," explained Bauer, safety & security director for Star of the West Milling Company.
GEAPS 545: Grain Entrapment: Causes, Prevention and Rescue will cover the causes of grain entrapment, as well as prevention and rescue methods.
The course will identify problem areas and the causes of entrapment accidents, with attention devoted to how out-of-condition grain often plays a role.
Also offered in May is a popular course that teaches students the basic principles of designing and operating grain aeration systems to successfully maintain grain quality during storage.
GEAPS 521: Aeration System Design and Fan Operational Management focuses on the design and operation of aeration systems for various types of dry grain storage structures and outdoor piles/bunkers.