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Grain and Feed Association of Illinois (GFAI)

ALLIANCE CLOSE-OUT REPORT
GRAIN AND FEED ASSOCIATION OF ILLINOIS
ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
February 17, 2009
 

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    December 27, 2005

    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 in 2008 focused on developing suitable bin entry procedures, installing or repairing machine guarding controls, electrical safety, controlling fall hazards, and ensuring an understanding of combustible dust hazards.

    Implementation Team Members.

    Peggy Zweber, Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) with the Peoria OSHA Office and John Lee, Grain and Feed Association of Illinois Safety Director began the year as the implementation team members. Brian Bothast, Peoria OSHA Office CAS assumed the leadership duties for the implementation of this alliance in January 2008.

     
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    January 7, 2008 – Brian Bothast contacted John Lee to address the lack of results over the last two years and determine if the alliance should be terminated or something could be done to re-invigorate the alliance.

    January 25, 2008 – Brian Bothast met with the GFAI Board of Directors and GFAI Executive Director to address the current status of the alliance and address options for moving forward. Following the meeting with the GFAI Board, Brian Bothast and John Lee held an implementation team meeting to evaluate possible focus areas and discuss possible outreach activities for 2008.

    March 31, 2008 - John Lee and Brian Bothast organized the session topics for the outreach sessions for GFAI members in June, 2008, and initiated the development of a bin entry permit to assist facilities in identifying and controlling hazards prior to entry.

     
  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period.

    December 27, 2007 to December 27, 2008.

    Alliance Activity.

    On January 25, 2008, Brian Bothast addressed the GFAI Board of Directors and GFAI Executive Director to address the alliance, the Voluntary Protection Program and OSHA emphasis programs.

    On February 18, 2008, Brian Bothast provided a presentation at the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois Annual Statewide Conference. Brian discussed OSHA’s inspection and citation development process, the national and local emphasis programs and the pandemic flu guidelines.

    April 28, 2008 – John Lee and Brian Bothast finalized a new bin entry permit for participants at the outreach sessions in June 2008.

    On June 3, 2008, John Lee and Brian Bothast provided presentations at the McLean County Farm Bureau Building in Bloomington, IL. The sessions addressed bin entry, machine guarding, fall protection, electrical safety, and combustible dust.

    On June 11, 2008, John Lee and Brian Bothast provided presentations at the Mendota Civic Center on bin entry, machine guarding, fall protection, electrical safety, and combustible dust.

    Alliance Products.

    In 2008, Brian Bothast and John Lee worked together to develop a bin entry permit to assist members in developing suitable bin entry procedures to ensure the safe entry for all entrants. See bin entry permit following this evaluation.
     
  4. Results
     
    Type of Activity Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Grain and Feed Association of Illinois Annual Statewide Conference 44
    GFAI outreach training sessions in Bloomington 80
    GFAI outreach training sessions in Mendota, IL. 40
    The new bin entry permit was sent out twice by email and once by U.S. mail from the GFAI to 250 companies (900 facilities). 250
    TOTAL 414

    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 hazards that 91 participants reported back to the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois that they had addressed.

    Fall Protection Hazards Eliminated .......... 189 Total

    A. Handrails added or repaired 37
    B. Fixed Ladders repaired 72
    C. Portable ladders (removed from service) 55
    D. Fall Arrest Equipment purchased 25

    Machine Guarding Hazards Eliminated .......... 148 Total

    A. New machine guards installed 72
    B. Existing machine guards repaired 76

    Electrical Hazards Eliminated 442 .......... Total

    A. Equipment removed from service 145
    B. Equipment repaired or replaced 138
    C. Comprehensive inspection 102
    D. Extension cords removed from service 57

    Bin Entry .......... 57 Total

    A. Implemented permit system 18
    B New equipment purchased 13
    C. Other improvement made to program 26

    Total Actions .......... 836

     
  5. Upcoming Milestones

    Through work with the GFAI, Brian Bothast was selected to speak at the National Grain Elevator and Processing Society Conference at the convention center in St. Louis, Missouri in 2009.


    Report prepared by: Brian Bothast

     
    Grain Bin/Silo Entry Checklist

    Issue Action Verified by
    Has all mechanical energy been locked out?    
    Has all electrical energy been locked out?    
    Has all pneumatic equipment been locked out?    
    If there is potential for combustible gas, vapors or toxic agents, if yes, has it been tested?    
    If there is any potential the grain to be waist high, what method will be used to protect workers from the engulfment hazard?    
    Employees shall not enter bins, silos, tanks or flat storage where there is a bridging condition, grain on the sides that could bury them or any engulfment hazard.
    If worker enters, is an observer in communication?    
    Is rescue equipment provided and specifically suited for entry?    
    Is the observer trained and able to initiate rescue?    
    Participants Name Signature
    Entrant(s)    
    Observer/Rescue    
    As the responsible person I am familiar with the hazards of the space and have verified that precautions are in place to protect workers entering the space
    Responsible person