The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) is now accepting registrations for the 2021 Safety Awards Program. The program recognizes facilities that go an entire year without a work-related lost-time injury or illness and facilities that have zero recordable work-related injuries or illnesses. Facilities that successfully complete the program receive a plaque and recognition in GEAPS’ website and bi-monthly newsletter.
Jeff Jones, MKC, GEAPS International president, noted the importance of recognition in an effective safety program. “Safety is the most important part of everyone’s job,” Jones said. “Completing the Safety Awards Program and hanging the plaque in your plant is a great way to show your employees that you notice the hard work they put in to enforcing your safety culture.”
The program is open to any company involved in the grain industry, including elevators and other storage facilities, processing plants and mills, construction companies and suppliers. GEAPS Executive Director Steve Records explained how the program fits within GEAPS’ vision as a knowledge resource for the industry.
“We provide a number of safety programs,” Records said. “From our entry-level distance education course to our engulfment presentations at Exchange, we give you tools to build and enhance your safety culture. The Safety Awards Program is a nice opportunity to recognize the work your team does putting those lessons into practice at your facility.”
Companies that have participated in the past are encouraged to enroll online. For first-time companies, applications are available on the Safety Awards website. Enrollment must be completed and submitted to GEAPS by Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Facilities must then go all of 2021 without a work-related lost-time injury or illness and complete the online reporting form or submit their 2021 OSHA 300A form, along with the total number of personnel hours worked at the facility during the calendar year.
For facilities outside the U.S., a separate form or signed letters on company letterhead stating that there were no lost-time injuries or illnesses and reporting the total personnel-hours worked are accepted. Please contact Deb Most with GEAPS for more information.
The enrollment fee is $95 for facilities that employ a GEAPS member, and $140 for non-member facilities. Only one facility discount is allowed per member.