Grain Safety Training

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Thank you for your interest in the grain safety training. Please click HERE to register.

Registration is FREE and includes lunch and materials.

The training will be led by Dave Newcomb, Ag Rescue Program Manager.

The following modules will be presented:

Overview:  Safe Handling and Storage of Grain

Introduces the participant to the 6 main hazards of grain handling (Entrapment/Engulfment, Entanglement, Electrical, Falls, Dust Explosions and Struck By) as well as common health risks; basic safety procedures for the 6 hazards and “Best Practices”; hazard identification;  personal protective equipment, risk management principles and community planning.  Course provides information on appropriate ways to complete job tasks safely. Appropriate for all persons who handle grain or may be around a grain storage structure or who want a basic understanding of hazards and risks associated with grain handling.  Audiences include farmer owners, operators, supervisors; farm employees; commercial elevator managers, supervisors, employees; rescue personnel and health professionals;; farm bureau managers and staff, extension educators, and agribusiness leaders and employees; youth personnel; anyone working on or around an agricultural setting; and community safety day audiences.

Entanglement Hazards – Provides more in-depth information about the hazards found in and around grain structures and handling equipment which pose entanglement hazards – a leading cause of injury and deaths.  Content focuses on the proper identification, prevention, maintenance and correction of hazards.  The course identifies specific entanglement hazards and common practices which lead to these accidents.  Lock Out/Tag Out is discussed as a “Best practice” to avoid these hazards.   The principles of guarding are explored and guarding as a “Best Practice” is discussed.  Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) is introduced to assist in identifying hazards and determining corrective strategies. It looks at OSHA standards, sweep augers, and explores ways to incorporate safety standards into everyday tasks.  Appropriate for all persons who handle grain and work around grain handling equipment- All levels of employees and managers in commercial and farm establishments; farm owners and operators; rescue personnel and health professionals; temporary and migrant workers; youth personnel;  farm bureau mangers and staff, extension educators,  and agribusiness leaders and employees; anyone working on or around farms, elevators, agribusiness, and machinery; and community safety day audiences as these hazards are found in all areas of agriculture and agribusiness and the concepts are transferable to other areas and not solely unique to grain handling operations.


Grain Bin Entry –  Content introduces participants to the hazards found in grain storage structures.  It focuses on identification and assessment of risk level and hazards, prevention, elimination or reduction of hazards, and safety procedures to follow prior to and during bin entry.  It is a preparatory course to understand the hazards encountered in bin entry and provide an overview of the steps to be taken prior to any entry including assessing the presence of hazards and risk prior to entry.  OSHA standards; Permit procedures; Lock Out/Tag Out procedures; personal protective equipment are introduced.  “Best Practices” are emphasized including alternatives to bin entry and introduction of “Best Practices” for storing grain.  It examines appropriate and safe ways to carry out job tasks.   This course is NOT intended to provide the technical training necessary for safe bin entry or rescue operations and does NOT practice actual bin entry.  Appropriate for All persons who handle grain and have confined spaces at their work place or farm or those who may be called to assist in a rescue such as all employees, managers, supervisors of commercial establishments; Farm owners, operators, supervisors, employees; rescue personnel and health professionals; farm bureau, extension, police and agribusiness leaders and employees; anyone working on or around farms and elevators as course not only provides necessary information prior to anyone contemplating bin entry but provides a knowledge base for those who may have to assist with an entrapment/engulfment emergency.