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Enrollment Open for GEAPS 2019 Safety Awards

Published: Oct 15, 2018 by Rosina

Enrollment Open for GEAPS 2019 Safety Awards

The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) is now accepting applications for the 2019 Safety Awards Program. The program recognizes facilities that go an entire year without a work-related lost-time injury or illness and facilities that have zero recordable work-related injuries or illnesses. Facilities that successfully complete the program are rewarded with a plaque, and are recognized at the Exchange, on the GEAPS website and in GEAPS’ bi-monthly newsletter.


Steve Myers, Bunge Milling, GEAPS first vice president, will preside over the Safety Awards at GEAPS Exchange 2019. “Safety is about putting people first,” Myers said. “With the potential risks involved with storing and processing grain, having a strong safety plan in place is critical and takes daily oversight to minimize risks. It’s important to recognize all the companies that are effectively making safety a priority. ”

Companies that have participated in the past are encouraged to enroll online. For first-time companies, applications are available on GEAPS Safety Award­­s website.  Enrollment must be completed and submitted to GEAPS by Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. Facilities must then go all of 2019 without a work-related lost-time injury or illness, and complete the online reporting form or submit their 2019 OSHA 300A form, along with the total number of personnel hours worked at the facility during the calendar year.

A separate form or signed letters on company letterhead stating that there were no lost-time injuries or illnesses and reporting the total personnel-hours worked are accepted for facilities outside the U.S. Please contact Deb Most with GEAPS for more information.

The program is open to grain storage and processing facilities, as well as suppliers and millwrights.  The enrollment fee is $95 for facilities that employ a GEAPS member, and $140 for non-member facilities. Only one facility discount is allowed per member.

Results of the program are announced each year at GEAPS Exchange. 2019 Safety Award winners will be recognized at Exchange 2020 in Minneapolis, and 2018 program winners will be announced at Exchange 2019 in New Orleans.

The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) is an international professional association that supports its members and the industry by serving as The Knowledge Resource for the world of grain handling and processing industry operations. GEAPS addresses the industry’s critical grain handling, storage and processing operations needs by providing the finest networking, professional development programs, and access to a global marketplace of equipment, services and technology solutions providers. GEAPS’ global network of industry professionals includes more than 2,800 individual members from about 1,150 companies.