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Search summaries of educational sessions from GEAPS Exchange events. Members who couldn’t attend our annual event or are interested in specific topics will find these summaries very helpful.

Creating and Maintaining Your Safety Culture

Marc McClure
corporate safety director, IES Commercial & Industrial Division

Every company has a safety culture, but is it strong, healthy and maintainable? This guide will help you create a healthy safety culture, examine factors of influence in the workplace and explain what is necessary to maintain a safe environment.

Crisis Communication: Owning It!

Lani Jordan
former director, corporate communications, CHS Inc

Relaying information that protects your operation during a crisis is vital, but the process can be daunting. Preparation can significantly reduce the duration of an event and damage to your reputation. Learn lessons and techniques with this summary.

Update on Key Issues Facing the Grain, Feed and Processing Industry in 2017

Jess McCluer
vice president of safety and regulatory affairs, National Grain and Feed Association

This update covers emerging regulatory issues within the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency. Learn more about OSHA and the Trump administration as it relates safety and regulatory affairs amid many topics.

What are the Major Causes of Grain Bin Entrapments?

Jack Volz
loss control, Parthenon Agency LLC

What are the major causes of grain bin entrapments? Understanding how an entrapment occurs is critical for us to protect ourselves as rescuers and create the best outcome for the entrapped. This summary lists entrapment causes and actions.

NFPA 652 and 61 – Changes that Impact the Grain, Feed and Processing Industry

Craig Froehling
global engineering lead - grain division, Cargill

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 652, Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust, was revised in 2016. NFPA 61 will issue a revision during 2017 that includes major changes. Learn about how each update could affect your operation.

Dust in the Wind: Medical Implications of Inhalants in the Grain Industry

Clayton Cowl
MD, chair, preventive, occupational and aerospace medicine, division pulmonary and critical care medicine, Mayo Clinic

There are many short- and long-term medical implications from inhaling dust and other particles. This summary covers causes, treatments and prevention for conditions experienced by grain operation personnel.

Stairs, Ladders, Gates and Guardrails: Best Practices for Safe Access

Julie Waltz
safety consultant, RCI Safety

Slips and falls from stairs and ladders can result in serious and even fatal injuries. Review OSHA compliance data, building codes and life safety codes that could help reduce accidents at your facility. Remember to think about your safety habits and those of the people around you.

How Different Electrical Codes Apply in Grain Elevators

Steve Reed
vice president engineering and safety, KASA Controls & Automation

While every grain elevator is different, various electrical codes apply to each facility. If you are not sure which codes may apply to your location or how to implement them, this summary will help you. Learn code details and guidance on how to apply them.

Best Lessons from OSHA Inspections and Enforcement Initiatives

Tressi Cordaro
shareholder, Jackson Lewis PC

Speaker: Tressi Cordaro, shareholder, Jackson Lewis PC

During 2016, the cost of OSHA civil penalties went up for the first time since 1990. This informative summary covers how much those penalties went up, OSHA’s new reporting requirements for work-related fatalities and injuries and the temporary worker initiative.

Grain Dust Explosions

Dr. Kingsly Ambrose
assistant professor Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Purdue University

This summary focuses on grain dust explosions, which are considered severe hazards with the potential to cause loss of life and property damage. Understand this year-round hazard, types of ignition sources and various approaches to help prevent these dangerous situations.

Pressure on the Torso During Grain Entrapment and Possible Physiological Impact

Kevin Moore
research engineer and Ph.D. student in biosystems and agricultural engineering, Oklahoma State University

Can the pressure on an entrapped worker’s torso be enough to limit breathing? This resource covers testing in a simulated situation and the revealing results. What equipment was identified that could greatly improve a recovery? Find out in this summary.

Overcoming Challenges for an Improved Safety Culture

Brock Casteel
network operations manager, Tate&Lyle Grain

Safety doesn’t happen by accident; it requires attention, planning and resources. Knowing your team, conducting analyses and gaining management commitment are essential for safety. Learn ideas , best practices, implementation challenges and solutions.

Best in Class: How to Conduct a Thorough Safety Assessment

Donald Groover
senior vice president, BST

What is your organization’s safety strategy? Your plan should achieve a specific set of safety targets and the organization’s vision. Be confident with your strategy by creating a plan. From the first steps to a critical inquiry, this summary covers the basics of a safety plan.

Grain Bin Entry and Permit Required Confined Space Rescue

Jeff Decker
owner, Decker Consulting & Investigations Inc

Speaker: Jeff Decker, owner, Decker Consulting & Investigations Inc.

The goal is this: train, equip and execute so at the end of each day we all go home safe. Learn the difference between “confined spaces” and “permit-required confined spaces,” various hazards, prevention, procedures and how to be safe during your work day.

Planning For Disasters and Business Continuity

Mark Aljets
attorney, Nyemaster Goode PC

Failing to plan is planning to fail. Preparing for a catastrophic event starts with addressing how to react and continues with developing a plan to reduce business interruption. This resource helps you create a plan, designate coordinators and form a business recovery team.

Enter at Your Owner’s Risk

Jeff Decker
The GSI Group LLC

This session discusses the pitfalls of operating sweep augers and the solutions that our industry has to offer. It looks at the options of adding vehicle traffic doors, how to redesign your new or current tank to install entry doors and how to safely utilize automated augers — all in the interest of keeping employees from having to enter bins while equipment is operating.

Do-It-Yourself Disaster Planning (1)

Don Jones
president, Houston Grain Trading Inc

What do you do in case of fire, tornado, flood or bin collapse? This session covers the post-disaster process of safely and efficiently salvaging grain from the disaster area.

Know Your Rights: Preparing for an OSHA Inspection

Kip Reiher
consultant, Safety Services of Northwest Ohio LLC

OSHA has legal obligations, but your company has rights, and it’s useful to know what they are in detail before the feds come knocking at the door. This session features the accumulated wisdom of former OSHA inspector Kip Reiher, who spent years in the field. With an insider’s perspective, Reiher discusses the OSHA processes, offers real-world examples about the perils of uncontrolled inspections, and provides advice about how they can be mitigated. When it is OK to say no?

Current Issues on Food Defense

Richard Ryan 2
assistant deputy director, asset protection division, corporate security department, Archer Daniels Midland Company

Food defense remains one of the most complex issues facing all segments of the food and feed industries. This session provides an overview of current efforts to characterize and mitigate food defense-related risks. Food defense will be regulated through the Food Safety Modernization Act. Potential industry impacts resulting from the regulation will be discussed, as well as the importance of maintaining a good-faith partnership towards substantive food defense.

Arc Flash: Personal Hazards and Employer Responsibilities

Joseph Weigel
owner, Electrical Safety Works

This session presents an overview of the NFPA standard for electrical safety in the workplace. It discusses types of major electrical faults that can occur in electrical equipment, with a focus on arcing faults as particularly damaging and dangerous. Statistical occurrences of arc flash accidents that cause significant injuries and fatalities are discussed in both human and financial terms. The presentation also covers all aspects of facility and employer responsibilities for compliance to the NFPA electrical safety standards and OSHA enforcement.

Do-It-Yourself Distaster Plainning (2)

Mark Whalen
AIC, field consultant, commercial property, Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Co

What do you do in case of fire, tornado, flood or bin collapse? This session covers pre-disaster planning for business continuity–a route to reducing monetary loss.

Rail Safety: Any Time Is Train Time

Chad Korth
Nebraska Central Railroad

This session discusses Operation Lifesaver, a comprehensive nationwide rail-safety initiative dedicated to ending collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway crossings and on railroad rights of way. With a focus on safety at grain facilities, it also discusses job briefings, communication, switch positions, derailment, and rail and railcar inspections.

Electrical Safety and NFPA 70E: Your Electrical Safety Questions Answered

David Nicewicz
ADM Grain

Grain industry safety specialist Dave Nicewicz discusses electrical safety. Several years ago, OSHA asked NFPA, the National Fire Protection Association, to bring in industry experts to define the latest, most current safety precautions for electrical work. Those requirements were issued in a document called NFPA 70E as a supplement to the National Electric Code (NFPA 70) and have been updated regularly. Since 2000, clothing requirements for electrical work have been specified, which was a very big change. This presentation will help facility owners and operators explore the safety issues that are detailed in 70E. Dave will answer common questions concerning 70E and provide suggestions how each attendee can learn more about implementing these safety requirements at their facility to protect workers and satisfy OSHA requirements.

OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs

Doug Fletcher
U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA

Is your company aware of OSHA?s Voluntary Protection Program? It should be, because successful participants in the program not only tend to have better safety records, but can also be removed from OSHA?s routine inspection lists. VPP is designed to recognize and promote safety and health management collaboratively, in a partnership between business and government. This session provides details, and information about how your company can get involved in the program.

Non-Confined Space Engulfment Risks

Tom Zemanick
Cargill

This session focuses on non-confined space storage areas at grain elevators that can pose engulfment risks. This means grain and fertilizer storage areas that have engulfment risks that are not considered confined spaces by OSHA. The session will make clear what the requirements are for those spaces and that employees know how to take precautions and become aware of the hazards while working in these areas.