The Knowledge Resource for the World of Grain Handling and Processing Industry Operations

GEAPS and Grain Journal Magazine team up to provide a series of free webinars throughout the year. Topics include previews of distance education courses, current industry and operational topics, and both previews and recaps of Exchange education sessions.

These webinars are interactive and allow you to learn, ask questions and connect with the presenter using your work or home computer.

Upcoming Webinars:

Facility Design: Maximizing Efficiency and Throughput
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2 p.m.
Dr. Kurt Rosentrater, Iowa State University

Top Hazards in the Grain Industry: Serious Injury and Fatality Prevention

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 10 am

Joe Mlynek, Partner and Content Expert, Safety Made Simple, Inc.

Data over the last decade reveals that serious workplace injuries and fatalities (SIF) have not decreased as dramatically as less serious injuries.  This has caused many organizations to change their focus and strategy surrounding injury prevention.  This webinar will discuss SIF potential in the grain industry;  including grain engulfment, strategies to identify and prioritize activities with SIF potential and common strategies to eliminate, control, or reduce exposure associated with SIF activities.  Particular emphasis will be placed on routine versus non-routine tasks, hazard analysis, near miss reporting and use of the hierarchy of controls.

Presenter: Joe Mlynek

Joe Mlynek is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a degree in Environmental Policy and Analysis. He began his safety career in 1996 and has since worked in the grain handling, milling, insurance, construction, manufacturing and maritime industries. He holds certifications as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and an Occupational Health and Safety Technician (OHST) through The Bureau of Certified Safety Professionals.

Are You Doing Enough to Reduce Injuries from Belt Conveyors?

Thursday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m.

Jerad Heitzler, FOUNDATIONS™ Manager, Martin Engineering

Properly working conveyors are one of the best productivity-enhancing tools available. But entrapment in nip points, abrasions, burns and pinch zones can create damage by shearing and crushing that cause injuries. The right training, preparation and safety precautions can help. This highly interactive presentation offers five strategies to keep workers safe around belt conveyors. Learn the likelihood and the cost of accidents. Examine case studies and real-life examples of conveyor injuries and discuss how they can be avoided.

Presenter: Jerad Heitzler

Jerad Heitzler joined Martin Engineering’s sales department in 2006. He leads seminars, provides training and provides consultations, on the techniques to prevent fugitive material, reduce risk of injury and improve the efficiency of the belt conveyor systems used in the handling of bulk materials.

Continuing Education Units

To help participants maintain credentials earned through the GEAPS/Kansas State University professional development and continuing education program, some webinars are approved for one-tenth (0.1) continuing education units (CEUs). For more information on CEUs, contact Melissa with GEAPS.

Previous Webinars

All previous GEAPS/Grain Journal Webinars are available online. You can use any of these presentations at your meetings as a handy Program-in-a-Box.

Topics include:

  • Small Changes – Big Impact!: Social and Environmental Responsibility in the Grain Industry
  • Workplace Fatigue Exposure: Factors, Effects, and Mitigation
  • Improving Grain Dryer Efficiency
  • Inspection and Maintenance of Aging Concrete Facilities
  • Grain Entrapment Prevention
  • Grain Operations in Canada
  • and many more!