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Grain & Feed Association of Illinois
ALLIANCE REPORT
GRAIN AND FEED ASSOCIATION OF ILLINOIS
ALLIANCE REPORT
September 20, 2013

  1. Alliance Background
  2. 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 will focus on preventing exposure to hazards related to engulfment, amputations, electrocutions, falls and other injuries and illnesses. Steps will be taken to ensure GFAI member employees are familiar with bin entry hazards.

    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.

  3. Implementation Team Meetings
  4. On August 20, 2012, Brian Bothast and John Lee met to discuss the alliance and implementation for 2012-2013.

  5. Activities and Products
  6. Evaluation Period

    August 20, 2012 to August 19, 2013.

    Alliance Activity

    On August 21, 2012, the Peoria OSHA office CAS provided a presentation for the National Agronomic Environmental Health & Safety School in Bloomington, IL addressing the local grain handling emphasis program, fall hazards, heat illness prevention and hazard communication and the recent changes to the standard and global harmonization. Brian also answered a wide variety of OSHA related questions before and after the presentation.

    On September 28, 2012 the Peoria OSHA office CAS participated with the Illinois Grain & Feed Association in a Grain Handling Training Curriculum Meeting at the new Asmark Training Center in Bloomington, Illinois.

    On November 8, 2012, conducted an audit of first Grain Handling course presented by Grain & Feed Association of Illinois at the Asmark Institute in Bloomington, Illinois On January 30, 2013 the Peoria Area Director provided a presentation at Grainnet Sweep Auger Webinar with Grain and Feed Association of Illinois addressing OSHA standards, hazards related to sweep augers and controls that may be used protect employees.

    On January 30, 2013 the Peoria Area Director provided a presentation at Grainnet Sweep Auger Webinar with Grain and Feed Association of Illinois addressing OSHA standards, hazards related to sweep augers and controls that may be used protect employees.

    On February 18, 2013, the Peoria Area Director and CAS presented at the Statewide Grain and Feed Association of Illinois Conference in St. Louis, MO. addressing grain handling LEP, fall hazards, electrical hazards, engulfment, auger entanglement, struck by hazards, preventing combustible dust explosions, GHS and other compliance issues.

    On February 28, 2013, the Peoria OSHA office CAS provided presentation for Nationwide Agri-business Conference in Bloomington, IL addressing OSHA inspections, implementing effective safety and health programs, National and local emphasis programs, specific industry hazards, ppe, lockout, electrical, bin entry, machine guarding, heat, hazard communication 2012, and Q & A.

    On March 20, 2013, the Peoria OSHA office CAS provided a presentation at Grain Operations Conference in conjunction with GEAPS Corn Belt Chapter and Grain and Feed Association of Illinois in Bloomington, IL. Addressed Grain LEP, fall hazards, electrical hazards, engulfment, auger entanglement, struck by hazards, preventing combustible dust explosions, lockout, confined space, hazard communication 2012 and other compliance issues.

    On April 9, 2013, the Peoria Area Office Area Director, CAS and GFAI provided a presentation on Region V Grain Local Emphasis Program at the Asmark Center in Bloomington, Illinois for compliance personnel from Region V and the Illinois On-site Consultation Service.

    On June 4, 2013, the Peoria CAS and GFAI representative provided presentation for Family Farms Conference in Bloomington, IL addressing effective safety & health programs, OSHA inspections, the Grain Handling emphasis program, industry related hazards, hazard communication 2012, and related issues.

    On June 7, 2013, the Peoria CAS and GFAI representative provided presentation at statewide Agriculture Education Teacher Workshop in Bloomington, Illinois, addressing OSHA, effective safety & health programs, grain industry hazards, heat, confined space, falls, hazard communication 2012, and a variety of questions.

    The Peoria Area Director met with OPA representatives at the Asmark Center in Bloomington, Illinois to heighten awareness of grain related hazards with OPA. Following the activity, a learn and live press release was developed for the grain industry from Region 5. It described that five seconds is how quickly a worker can become engulfed in flowing grain and be unable to get out. Sixty seconds is how quickly a worker can be completely submerged in flowing grain and more than half of all grain engulfment result in death by suffocation.

    The release noted Federal OSHA also developed a local emphasis inspection program for grain-handling facilities, which focused on the grain and feed industry's six major hazards. These include engulfment, falling, auger entanglement, being struck by, combustible-dust explosion and electrocution hazard. The release was picked up by a number of agricultural and news sources.

    Alliance Products

    A bin entry stop sign was developed by the Peoria OSHA CAS and the GFAI and assembled and initially printed with the Grain Safety Coalition.

    Stop Sign Warning Label

    More than 500 signs have been given out at GFAI meetings this year. In addition, signs have been requested and mailed out to companies located in Wisconsin, Montana, Texas, Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana and Virginia. Bundles of signs have been purchased by companies in Ohio, North Carolina, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

    See stop sign in use at facility in Illinois below.

    Stop sign in use at facility in Illinois
  7. Results of Outreach for current year
  8. Type of Activity Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Presentation for the National Agronomic Environmental Health & Safety School in Bloomington, IL addressing the local grain handling emphasis program, falls, heat illness prevention, hazard communication and the recent changes to the standard to address global harmonization. 100
    Initial Grain Handling course in Bloomington, IL. 35
    Presentation at Grainnet Sweep Auger Webinar with GFAI addressing OSHA standards, hazards related to sweep augers and controls. 330
    Presented at Statewide Grain and Feed Association of Illinois Conference in St. Louis, MO addressing grain handling LEP, fall hazards, electrical hazards, engulfment, auger entanglement, struck by hazards, preventing combustible dust explosions, GHS and other compliance issues. 70
    Provided presentation for Nationwide Agri-business Conference in Bloomington, IL addressing OSHA inspections, implementing effective safety and health programs, National and local emphasis programs, specific industry hazards, ppe, lockout, electrical, bin entry, machine guarding, heat, hazard communication 2012, and Q & A. 100
    Presentation at Grain Operations Conference in conjunction with GEAPS Corn Belt Chapter and Grain and Feed Association of Illinois in Bloomington, IL. Addressed Grain LEP, fall hazards, electrical hazards, engulfment, auger entanglement, struck by hazards, preventing combustible dust explosions, lockout, confined space, hazard communication 2012 and other compliance issues. 90
    The Peoria Area Office Area Director, CAS and GFAI provided a presentation on Region V Grain Local Emphasis Program at the Asmark Center in Bloomington, Illinois for compliance personnel from Region V and the Illinois On-site Consultation Service. 25
    Provided presentation for Family Farms Conference in Bloomington, IL addressing effective safety & health programs, OSHA inspections, the Grain Handling emphasis program, industry related hazards, hazard communication 2012, and related issues. 30
    Provided presentation at statewide Agriculture Education Teacher Workshop in Bloomington, IL addressing OSHA, effective safety & health programs, grain industry hazards, heat, confined space, falls, hazard communication 2012, & a variety of questions. 25
    TOTAL 805
  9. Upcoming Milestones
  10. For the next alliance year, OSHA and the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois have agreed to work on developing better compliance training information for the industry, improving site personal protective equipment hazard assessments and making efforts to prevent fall hazards including from ladders.

    Report prepared by: Brian Bothast

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