Grain Safety Stand Up Week April 13-17, 2020

The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are hosting a major safety outreach effort called "Stand-Up for Grain Safety Week" from March 25-29. This outreach effort is a result of the Alliance formed last year between NGFA and OSHA to help raise awareness about grain handling and storage hazards, provide education and training, and convey best safety practices. WABA has participated in past Stand Up events and is encouraging all members to mark this week on your calendars and participate this year by holding at least one Stand Up event with your employees. Safety Stand Ups can take many forms from a 15 minute toolbox talk to an hour training session or daily events throughout the week.

This year NGFA and OSHA have partnered with the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and the Grain Handling Safety Coalition (GHSC) to participate in this years' Stand Up event. A short 5 minute video has been developed to help provide participants with more insight on Stand Ups and provides the viewer with a variety of Stand Up events for consideration. Click on the link below to view the video.

Stand Up events will take some time to plan and organize so get started early. To assist in planning and conducting your Stand Up event, a Stand Up Planning Checklist has been developed. (Click on the link to view the checklist.)

You can find out all of the details surrounding Grain Safety Stand Up week by going to the Stand Up website at Specific safety topics have been assigned to each day of the week and informational material is available for you to download and use for your Stand Up event. The schedule is as follows:

Monday March 25th: A kickoff press event is going to be held in Bloomington, IL that will be live streamed on the internet and also involve some safety training and demonstrations. The agenda is being finalized and will be posted on the Stand Up website as the date gets closer. WABA will be in attendance at the kickoff event. You can simply set aside time and have your employees watch this event as one of your Stand Up activities for the week.

Tuesday March 26th: Engulfment/Entrapment Hazards

Wednesday March 27th: Slips, Trips, Falls and Ladder Use

Thursday March 28th: Mechanical/Electrical Hazards and Lockout

Friday March 29th: Machine Guarding

As Grain Safety Stand Up Week approaches, WABA will be promoting this event and providing members with more information as it becomes available. In addition to the resource material available on the Stand Up website, there is other safety material available online from these excellent sources:

When conducting your Stand Up events please keep track of the number of employees from your company who participated. If you have any questions as you are planning your Stand Up event feel free to contact Jim Nolte, WABA Safety Director by email at

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