Handling grain is very hazardous. Grain hazards include fires, grain dust accumulation, suffocation, engulfment and entrapment in grain bins, slip, trips and falls from heights as well as crushing injuries and amputations from the equipment used to handle grain. Properly training employees to handle grain is crucial to preventing incidents and injuries. Check out the resources below to help keep your farmworker and family safe.
NCAI GRAIN SAFETY/GRAIN RESCUE PROGRAMS
The Grain Safety / Grain Rescue Program was developed with two main audiences, farm workers and first responders. Programs for farmers and farm workers are primarily safety programs to inform of the hazards, and teach safe grain handling strategies. These vary from 1-4 hours, depending on the needs of the individuals present. Programs for Fire Fighters and first responders vary from 1-12 hours and consist of safety programs encompass lecture about grain bin hazards as well as a full hands-on rescue programs.
A volunteer group, the Grain Handling Safety Coalition is a team from industry-related associations, agencies, and individuals with a shared dedication to preventing accidents, injuries and fatalities in grain handling operations on the farm and at the elevator. Their website has resources such as safety checklists, webinars, videos, training modules, and curriculum for young workers.
Click here to visit www.grainsafety.org
OSHA Grain Handling Webpage
OSHA has developed a webpage to provide workers, employers, and safety and health professionals useful, up-to-date safety and health information on grain handling facilities.
Other Grain Safety Resources