Welcome to the Grain Industry Course
John Lee, Lead Instructor
Entering grain bins can be dangerous if the hazards are not known and safe entry procedures are not followed. A person entering a grain bin can be entrapped by flowing or bridged grain before realizing what has happened. It only takes 4 or 5 seconds to become entrapped and helpless in small grain bins and 10 to 20 seconds for complete engulfment in large commercial grain bins.
You can prevent entrapment and possible suffocation by ensuring each person handling grain receives information and effective training. The information associated with the typical training experience is of little use without understanding. The best learning experiences come when the participant is immersed in an environment that is as close to real as possible.
OSHA regulates grain facilities and in 1987 issued an industry-specific rule on the Grain Handling Standard. The standard is found in 29 CFR 1910.272 and focuses on requirements for controlling grain fires, grain dust explosions and hazards associated with entry into bins, silos and tanks. Grain facilities are also subject to numerous general industry OSHA standards.
The Grain and Feed Association of Illinois and the Asmark Institute have partnered to provide a series of high-quality, hands-on training to personnel within the agricultural industry who handle grain.
Courses include a great deal of hands-on training, demonstrations and exercises. Some of the equipment used in these courses includes legs, bearing monitors, sweep augers, storage bins, hopper bottom bins, conveyors, ropes, harnesses and other rescue equipment.
A first of its kind, this unique training complex provides for live training using real equipment and scenarios re-creating real-life situations. The Agricenter houses $300,000 of grain handling equipment used for training. Regardless of the weather, training proceeds with a lively mixture of classroom, audio-visual clips, demonstrations, exercises and real-life scenarios.
Welcome to the Grain Industry is a basic one-day course geared to the needs of employees new to the grain industry and will cover OSHA's Grain Handling Standard along with demonstrations and scenarios designed to reinforce the message of safety. This course includes:
- Familiarization of grain handling equipment
- Introduction to the Grain Handling Standard
- Hazard recognition
- Man lift safety
- Personal protective equipment
- Electrical safety
- Lockout/Tagout safety
- Grain bin entry safety
- Hazard Communication training
- Fire Extinguisher safety
Note: This course is scheduled back-to-back with the Safe Grain Handling Operations course to allow participants to register for both courses.