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  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    May 27, 2009

    Alliance Overview.

    OSHA, Onsite Consultation and the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois (GFAI) formed an Alliance to provide the GFAI members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to falls, confined space hazards, fire hazards and amputation hazards. The alliance will focus on preventing exposure to hazards related to machine guarding, lockout, slip and fall hazards, ergonomic stressors, and confined space entry.

    Implementation Team Members

    John Lee, Grain and Feed Association of Illinois Safety Director and Brian Bothast, Peoria OSHA Office Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) are the primary implementation team members.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    On June 7, 2010, Brian Bothast and John Lee met to discuss the alliance and implementation for 2010-2011.

    On March 9, 2010, Brian Bothast and John Lee met to address the alliance and collection of information for the alliance.

    On May 5, 2011, Brian Bothast and John Lee met to discuss the alliance and implementation for 2011-2012.

  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period

    May 27, 2010 to May 27, 2011

    Alliance Activity

    On July 7, 2010, Brian Bothast and John Lee provided a half day training session in Pontiac, Illinois for 60 agri-business site representatives. The sessions addressed bin entry hazards and controls, requirements for working around sweep augers, machine guarding hazards and controls, OSHA recordkeeping requirements, respiratory protection, fall hazards, combustible dust and OSHA emphasis programs related to the industry.

    On October 20, 2010, Brian Bothast, Tom Bielema, and John Lee provided a half day training session on the Region V Grain Handling Emphasis Program and related inspections for the OSHA compliance staff in Peoria and Fairview Heights and the staff from the Illinois On-Site Consultation Service.

    On February 21, 2011, the Peoria Area Office of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration provided a presentation at Grain and Feed Association of Illinois Annual Convention and Trade Show held in Springfield, Illinois. Over 960 people participated in the event along with over one hundred exhibitors. Tom Bielema, Peoria Area OSHA office Area Director and Brian Bothast, Compliance Assistance Specialist provided a training session addressing effective safety and health programs, the local emphasis program on grain handling, and the focus of the emphasis program inspections. The training session focused on fall hazards in the industry, electrical hazards, engulfment hazards, avoiding auger entanglement, combustible dust and struck by hazards. Brian discussed personal protective equipment requirements, specific parts of the OSHA grain handling standard, confined space hazards and controls, housekeeping, lockout, safety related work practices, powered industrial equipment and OSHA recordkeeping. At the conference, Tom and Brian answered questions from participants with the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois, the Grain Handling Safety Coalition and business owners about a variety of safety and health issues.

    On March 9, 2011, Brian Bothast provided a training session at the GFAI Operations Conference in Decatur, Illinois, on the Region V Grain Handling Emphasis Program and the hazards OSHA inspectors will address during the process.

    Alliance Products

    Brian Bothast developed a CSHO guide to bin entry to assist inspectors conducting grain handling inspections. The CSHO guide is attached to this evaluation.

  4. Results

    Type of Activity

    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained

    Grain Handling Outreach session in Pontiac, IL


    Grain Handling Emphasis training in Peoria, IL


    Statewide GFAI conference in Springfield, IL


    GFAI Operations Conference in Decatur, IL.




    In addition to the outreach sessions, the GFAI and OSHA requested participants return to their worksites and make an effort to control specific hazards that were discussed. The following chart details the hazard controls that were implemented by 78 companies at over 200 facilities that participate as members of the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois.

    Fall Hazard Controls
    1. Handrails added or repaired - 104
    2. Fixed ladders repaired - 87
    3. Portable ladders (removed from service) - 150
    4. Fall arrest equipment purchased - 52
    Machine Guarding Controls
    1. New machine guards installed - 181
    2. Existing machine guards repaired - 212
    Bin Entry
    1. Bin entry permits issued - 1,924
    2. Improvements made to bin entry procedures - 97
    Combustible Dust hazard controls
    1. Improve hot work program - 45
    2. Monitoring for dust hazards - 11
    Sweep Auger & related controls
    1. Improve sweep procedure - 80
    2. Guarding devices added - 43
    3. Additional guards for sump holes - 180
    Over 1,200 actions were taken by participants to improve safety and health at the participating facilities.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    On June 23, 2011 the GFAI summer outreach session is scheduled in Bloomington, IL. and on August 30, 31 and September 1, 2011, Brian Bothast is set up to man a booth in the safety and health tent at the National Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois. 

Report prepared by: Brian Bothast