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Grain and Feed Association of Illinois (GFAI)

GRAIN AND FEED ASSOCIATION OF ILLINOIS
ALLIANCE REPORT
September 15, 2015


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    August 20, 2012

    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. The Alliance focused on preventing exposure to hazards related to engulfment, amputations, electrocutions, falls and other injuries and illnesses. Steps were taken to ensure GFAI member employees were familiar with bin entry hazards.

    Implementation Team Members:

    John Lee, Grain and Feed Association of Illinois Safety Director and Brian Bothast, Peoria OSHA Office Lead Safety and Occupational Health Specialist (LSOHS) were the primary team members for the alliance.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    On August 19, 2014, Brian Bothast and John Lee met to discuss the alliance and implementation for 2014-2015.

    On June 11, 2015, Brian Bothast and John Lee discussed the alliance and continuation, changes or closure.

  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period

    August 19, 2014 to August 20, 2015.

    Alliance Activity

    On August 19, 2014, the Peoria LSOHS participated in the National Agronomic Environmental Health & Safety Conference addressing OSHAs emphasis programs and hazards related to the industry.

    On March 19, 2015, the Peoria LSOHS provided a presentation for the Grain Operations & Entrapment Prevention Symposium in Bloomington, IL addressing OSHA's emphasis programs, fall hazards, electrical, and reporting and recording requirements.

    On May 13, 2015, the Peoria LSOHS provided feedback to the GFAI for their development of a safety data sheet for whole grain and feed.

    On June 19, 2015, the Peoria Office Area Director participated in Grain Handling Safety Coalition meeting in Bloomington, IL addressing employee safety and health and OSHA's role in preventing injuries and illnesses.

  4. Results of Outreach for current year

    Type of Activity

    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Presentation for National Agronomic Environmental Health & Safety School in Bloomington, IL.

    150

    Grain Operations & Entrapment Prevention Symposium in Bloomington, IL

    125

    Grain Handling Safety Coalition meeting in Bloomington, IL

    10

    TOTAL

    285

  5. The most significant product developed during the 3 year alliance was the stop sign that could be placed on bins throughout Illinois and the country. The sign provided a clear message to assist workers to identify and address the most significant hazards associated with bin entry.

    Eliminate and control all hazards!

    TEXT VERSION OF IMAGE

    STOP

    Lockout all moving equipment
    Protect all floor openings

    Avoid engulfment
    Do not 'walk down' grain
    Stay clear of waist-deep grain

    Check Atmosphere: Oxygen=20.9%
    Evaluate for fumigants, carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulfide

    Eliminate and control all hazards!

  6. Upcoming Milestones

    OSHA and the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois have completed the three year alliance.

Report prepared by: Brian Bothast

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