SDGFA Sponsors Safety Seminar
Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Location: Ramada Plaza Suites, Fargo, ND
Program Details: Here
NGFA, NDGDA, MGFA, and SDGFA have teamed up to provide members with a Grain Handling Safety Seminar to supply the tools needed by successful operations to comply with federal and state regulations. This seminar will include an update on the status of several OSHA regulatory issues, an overview of key Grain Handling Standard components, NGFA guidance documents, and the revised OSHA Hazard Communication Standard. The one-day conference focuses on keeping you and your employees physcially safe.
NGFA's Director of Safety and Regulatory Affairs Jess McCluer will be a key speaker. Another will be Jim Maness, a past NGFA Safety Director and VP of Safety for Bunge Corp. who is now in the safety and health training/consulting business.
Topics will include:
Emerging and Evolving OSHA Regulatory Issues
Fire and Explosion: Housekeeping program guidelines; hotwork guidelines; leg monitors; explosion venting/suppression; preventative maintenance; head and boot section inspection doors; and training needs for employees
Confined Space/Bin Entry: Confined space/bin entry guidelines, hazard identification and evaluation, emergency response and training, training needs for employees, and reclaim operations.
NGFA Sweep Auger and Boot Pit/Permit Required Confined Space Guidance
Documents and Overview of Globally Harmonized Standard for Labeling
Requirements, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Respiratory
Protection, Fall Protection and Electrical Safety.
Annual Meeting in Review
The SDGFA held its annual meeting on January 16 in conjunction with the Ag Expo in Sioux Falls. In addition to the normal business of the Board, we heard from:
Lynn Tjeerdsma, Senior Policy Advisor for Senator John Thune on the Farm Bill. His presentation can be found by clicking here.
Mike Peters, Senior Vice President of the Genesee and Wyoming Railroad Services, Inc. regarding the purchase of the CP rail line.
SD PUC Staff and Commission on warehouse issues.
Free Safety and Health Check-Up
South Dakota State University, in cooperation with U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA, is offering a free health and safety check-up. This is conducted by professional health and safety consultants and funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. For more information, click here.
Members Only Website Offers a Great Resource
Find and update your information online. SDGFA offers its members exclusive access to a members-only section of its website. This feature grants SDGFA members access to two key resources: an online version of the SDABA directory and the ability to directly update their company and contact information in the SDABA database.
Access to the members-only section of the website is limited to current dues paying members and requires a unique login and password. To access this section of the website, choose the “Members Only” option on the top navigational bar. You then will be taken to a login page, where you will enter the same login and password you use for SDGFA’s online event registration system. If you have forgotten that information, there is a “Forgot your password” function that will help you retrieve the information.
Farmers should properly handle leftover treated seed: As farmers across the
United States prepare for this year’s harvest, it’s important to properly
handle or dispose of any remaining or leftover treated seed. Seed treatments
are increasing in popularity, but it is illegal for treated seeds to be in
the grain supply, says Andy LaVigne, ASTA president and chief executive
officer. Given that seed today can act as the delivery mechanism for pest
management products, it’s imperative that treated seed not be mixed with
grain, explains LaVigne.
“We are all experiencing a growing concern for food safety,” says Gary Anderson of CHS, Inc., and NAEGA chairman. “It’s critical that farmers and the rest of the supply chain follow industry guidelines to ensure a safe supply of grains and oilseeds, and maintain our reputation as a supplier of high quality agricultural products.”
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, last year the United States exported 1.9 billion bushels of corn and 1.5 billion bushels of soybeans. At $3.83/bu for corn and $9.97/bu for soybeans, the export market put more than $21 billion in the pockets of U.S. farmers during the 2010 marketing year.