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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Wichita Area Office
And
The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) – Great Plains Chapter
August 8, 2017 to August 8, 2018


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      August 14, 2017

    2. Evaluation Period

      August 14, 2017 – August 14, 2018

    3. Overview

      The Wichita Area OSHA Office (WAO) established a working relationship with The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) - Great Plains Chapter, to promote safety and health in the grain handling industry. This relationship provides the framework for OSHA and the grain handling industry to share best practices and reduce grain engulfment and entrapment hazards. The Wichita Area OSHA Office and The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) - Great Plains Chapter work together during stakeholder meetings, organize and participate in grain safety stand- up events, and coordinate delivery of training. The Partners work together to organize, publicize, and support grain-engulfment prevention initiatives and industry events such as local meetings and participation in conferences.

    4. Implementation Team Members

      OSHA

      Ryan Hodge Area Director, Wichita Area OSHA Office
      David McDonnell Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS), OSHA, Region 7

      Alliance Participant

      Lonnie Glen President, GEAPS - Great Plains Chapter

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • Prior to the Alliance signing: The GEAPS - Great Plains Chapter led the industry effort to develop the first nation-wide Grain Engulfment Prevention Stand-up. Members of GEAPS - Great Plains Chapter, worked closely with the Region VII CAS, representatives of other OSHA regions, The University of Texas - Arlington, National GEAPS, and the Grain Journal Magazine to develop two Webinars. The Grain Journal described these events as "the best attended to date". Multiple meetings and tireless planning resulted in ultimate success: the first ever nation-wide grain industry stand-up to prevent grain engulfment.
    • August 14, 2017: Larry Davidson, Acting Area Director, for the Wichita Area OSHA Office, and Lonnie Glen, GEAPS - Great Plains Chapter President, formally signed the Alliance document at the GEAPS - Great Plains Chapter meeting in Newton, Kansas.
    • April 9, 2018: Ryan Hodge, Wichita Area Director, David McDonnell, Region 7 CAS, and Lonnie Glen, GEAPS - Great Plains Chapter President, participated in a Stand-Up for Engulfment Prevention event, at Mid-Kansas Cooperative (MKC) in Benton, Kansas. Participants included Shelly Briley, Kansas Dept. of Labor SHARP Coordinator, Brian Welch, Kansas Dept. of Labor Consultation Program Manager, Jeff Jones, MKC Director of Southern Operations, and Erik Land, MKC Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, as well as many employees of MKC.
    • April 9, 2018: World-grain.com included an interview in the form of a Q&A session with the GEAPS executive vice-president, David Krejeci. World Grain asked Mr. Krejeci, "Employee safety is such an important issue. How is GEAPS helping educate its members to prevent grain engulfment and grain dust explosion incidents?" Mr. Krejeci's reply included, "Many GEAPS chapters have hosted grain entrapment prevention and rescue training live demonstrations. The April 9-13 National Standup for Grain Entrapment Prevention organized by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and National Grain and Feed Association Alliance with which GEAPS is a collaborator, was inspired by and modeled after an OSHA alliance last year initiated by the Kansas-centered GEAPS' - Great Plains Chapter." World-grain.com is a nationally recognized grain industry publication. https://www.world-grain.com/articles/9659-q-a-with- geaps-executive-vice-president.
    • April 9, 2018: Mid-Kansas Cooperative hosted the Grain Engulfment Prevention Stand-Up via Facebook Live for all of its members to attend and participate. This event was open to the public via Facebook Live. https://www.facebook.com/MidKansasCooperative/posts/1719943501385717
    • April 12, 2018: Ryan Hodge, Wichita Area Director, attended and presented at the April GEAPS - Great Plains Chapter meeting in Salina, Kansas, in collaboration with John Ricker, Kansas Farm Services Association (KFSA) Area Manager, and Tracy Spencer, Mid-Kanas Cooperative Grain Quality Manager. The presentation focused on grain engulfment prevention techniques and illustrated how grain quality intersects with safety and engulfment prevention.
    • June 2018: The Grain Elevator and Processing Society's May/June publication, In Grain (Volume 38, No.3) highlighted Lonnie Glen, Great Plains Chapter President. The article provided readers information regarding grain engulfment prevention and illustrated how employers proactively and cooperatively work with OSHA to promote safety and health in the workplace. Publication distribution included all GEAPS members, nationwide, and remains available on the GEAPS webpage. https://www.geaps.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/InGrain_May-Jun-18_lores.pdf

    In addition to the formal meetings identified above, the Implementation Team Members maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the progress and results of the Alliance.

  3. Results
  4. The following table summarizes activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement.

    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives: Engulfment Prevention in the Grain Handling Industry
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Alliance ProductNo Activities  
    DisseminationThe May/June publication of "In Grain" (Volume 38, No. 3) highlighted The Alliance and the partnership with the GEAPS - Great Plains Chapter. https://www.geaps.com/wp- content/uploads/2018/06/InGrain_May-Jun-18_lores.pdf

    The Alliance was disseminated and praised by the GEAPS Executive Vice President, David Krejeci, through an interview on April 9, 2018 with World-grain.com
    Grain engulfment prevention and cooperative programs -

    Agriculture, small business, temporary workers, young workers
    2,800
    EventApril 9, 2018: The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) - Great Plains Chapter and OSHA held a Stand-Up for Grain Engulfment Prevention Event at Mid-Kansas Cooperative in Benton, Kansas.Grain engulfment prevention, safety and health management systems

    Agriculture, small business, temporary workers, young workers
    35 in attendance - Online attendance was not captured
    ExhibitNo Activities  
    OSHA Product ReviewNo Activities  
    Speech/ PresentationApril 12, 2018: A GEAPS member held a meeting in Salina, Kansas on grain engulfment prevention and Grain Quality techniques to prevent grain engulfment hazards.Grain engulfment prevention -

    Fall protection, Agriculture, small business, temporary workers, young workers
    30
    TrainingApril 12, 2018: A GEAPS member held a meeting in Salina, Kansas on grain engulfment prevention and Grain Quality techniques to prevent grain engulfment hazards.Grain engulfment prevention -

    Fall protection, Agriculture, small business, temporary workers, young workers
    (30)
    OtherNo Activities  
    TOTAL  2,865
  5. Evaluations

    At this first anniversary of the alliance, it has proved to be a great success. GEAPS - Great Plains Chapter supports the alliance through continued outreach and works closely with the Wichita Area Office. The alliance has fostered a close working relationship with OSHA.

  6. Upcoming Milestones

    Implement quarterly meetings with the GEAPS – Great Plains Chapter and alliance participants to further engage stakeholders, develop deliverables, and facilitate the sharing of successes, challenges, and best practices.

    Report prepared by: Ryan Hodge, Wichita Area Director – July 24, 2018

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