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The National Grain & Feed Association and Grain Journal magazine invite all safety managers and directors, facility managers and key employees in the grain-handling, processing, milling, and feed industries to a day-and-a-half conference July 29-31 at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center in Kansas City, MO. The conference will focus on key safety issues facing the grain and feed industries and will include time to network and visit safety equipment suppliers.

    Attendee List as of July 15, 2014    


Tuesday, July 29

12:00-7:00 pm - Registration

5:00-7:00 pm - Reception (Drink/Snacks) in Trade Show Room - Co-sponsored by North American Equipment Co. and McPherson Concrete Storage Systems

Wednesday, July 30

7:00-8:00 am - Hot Breakfast Buffett in Trade Show Room
Co-sponsored by Berkley Agribusiness Risk Specialists and Central Life Sciences

Paul Luther

8:00-9:30 am - Overview of OSHA Grain Handling Standard
Paul Luther | President, Luther EHS Consulting, St. Louis, MO
OSHA's Grain Handling Standard was finalized in 1988 with the intention of decreasing the number and mitigating the effects of fires and explosions and controlling other known safety hazards in grain handling facilities. This session will present the background of the standard and discuss details of each section of the standard, as well as make suggestions on how to enhance your compliance. Emphasis will be placed on sections of the standard where OSHA has concentrated recent enforcement efforts.

9:30-10:00 am - Refreshment Break in Trade Show Room - Co-sponsored by J&M Industries, Inc. and M&M Specialty Services, LLC

10:00-10:45 am - Panel Discussion on Best Safety Management Practices
Gary Kearn | Loss Control Manager, Scoular Company, Salina, KS
Roger Holdeman |Safety Manager, JBS United Inc., Gridley, IL
Paul Gooch | Director of Safety, Consolidated Grain & Barge Co., Cahokia, IL
The panel will share their thoughts  on implementing and monitoring effective safety programs to not only comply with OSHA's grain handling standard but to also address general workplace safety and safety management practices, risk management, safety leadership and safety trends.
Chris Eckert

10:45-11:30 am - Incident Investigation
Chris Eckert | President, Sologic, LLC, Midland, MI
When incidents occur, a primary goal of the investigation is to prevent recurrence. The investigation also can provide a window into the often overlooked systemic causes that generate proactive solutions, and prevent future incidents, and help improve safety performance. This presentation will provide an overview of the five steps for effective incident investigations that lead to effective solutions that don't place blame.

11:30 am-1:30 pm - Buffett Lunch in Trade Show Room - Co-sponsored by Warrior/Micada and C-Tec, Inc.

Randy Gordon

1:30-1:45 pm - NGFA Update

Randy Gordon |
President, National Grain & Feed Assn., Washington, D.C.
The NGFA president will give a fast-paced overview of NGFA's major policy and program initiatives, and the importance of safety initiatives to NGFA's overall mission and purpose.

Brian Hammer

1:45-3:15 pm - Hazard Analysis

Brian Hammer |
Senior Transportation Consultant, Nationwide Insurance, Des Moines, IA
Reviewing the hazards of jobs in the grain industry is an important step in the reduction of the risk and injuries that occur in those jobs. Good sound risk management principles can make your safe work practices not only OSHA-compliant but also the basis by which we reduce risk and lower injuries. It also can help us determine job descriptions and classifications that we need, in an effort to staff certain positions properly and set expectations of performance.

Carey Bennett

3:15-3:45 pm - Refreshment Break in Trade Show Room - sponsored by Chief Agri Industrial and Mole-Master

3:45-5:15 pm - Communications, Coaching, and Goal Setting
Carey Bennett |
Director of Business Development, RCI Safety, Horton, KS
Having spent more than 40 years in management, I have seen that it has become so important that up and coming new managers understand the importance of building relationships with others. Effective communication is a skill every manager who gets work done through others must know. In the fast pace of today's world, technology has pushed its way into our lives and has had a negative impact when it comes to face-to-face management of employee performance. Coaching and goal setting are two key processes that must be fully appreciated by managers so we can meet an important goal of management - developing our people. My discussion will hopefully provide some useful tools toward mastering these skills and, in the process, maybe challenge your thinking as well.

5:15-7:15 pm -
Reception (Drinks/Snacks) in Trade Show Room - Co-sponsored by Pneumat Systems and Rolfes@Boone

Thursday, July 31

7:00-8:00 am - Hot Breakfast Buffett in Trade Show Room
Co-sponsored by RCI Safety and AIRLANCO

Matt Frederking

8:00-8:45 am - Food Safety Modernization Act
Matt Frederking
| V.P. Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance, Ralco Nutrition, Marshall, MN
In this session Matt Frederking will provide an update on the latest developments regarding the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. Since FSMA is currently in the midst of federal rulemaking procedures, which will affect operations for virtually all U.S. grain and feed industry processors and both food and feed import and export suppliers, his presentation will focus on what the grain and feed industry needs to know in order to comply with the new requirements.



John Lee

8:45-9:30 am - Boot Pits and Other Confined Spaces
John Lee
| Director of Safety, Health and Environmental Services, Grain and Feed Association of Illinois, Springfield, IL
Grain facilities are loaded with confined spaces, and OSHA leaves it up to the employer to define whether or not any given space is or is not "permit-required" under the 1910.146 Confined Space standard. Different rules apply to each type of space. Two people can look at the same space and get two different answers as to which type applies. Among the spaces that could be covered under 1910.146 are tunnels -- both above and below ground, boot pits, scale pits, and grain dryers, as well as a variety of grain storage structures. This presentation provides a guide to deciding which is which and how to enter those spaces.



9:30-10:00 am - Refreshment Break in Trade Show Room
Sponsored by Greene Galvanized Stairs and BinMaster Level Controls

Anthony Goodeman

10:00-10:45 am - Panel Discussion on the FGIS Rolling Stock Fall Protection Directive
• Anthony T. Goodeman
| Deputy Director, Field Management Division, Federal Grain Inspection Service, Washington, DC

• Tom Harmon
| Safety Manager, Gavilon Grain LLC, Omaha, NE

• Tom Meyer
| President, Kansas Grain Inspection, Topeka, KS
Tom Meyer
In 2011, FGIS received 4 citations from OSHA under the general duty clause related to employees working on rail cars without fall protection, as well as for not following defined safety practices. FGIS appealed the citation, citing the 1996 Miles Memo. OSHA vacated the main fall protection citation in 2012, but upheld three others relating to assessments and training. In 2013 FGIS developed a directive which applies to FGIS employees, and provides instruction on how to conduct a fall protection assessment.




Jess McCluer

10:45-11:30 am - Regulatory Update
Jess McCluer
| Director of Safety and Regulatory Affairs
National Grain and Feed Association, Washington, DC
This presentation will provide an update on emerging regulatory issues within the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Topics will include OSHA's policies, rulemakings, and interpretations and continued enforcement within the grain handling industry on such issues as: sweep augers located inside bins; confined space/boot pits; combustible dust; the revised hazard communication standard; and rolling stock fall protection.



11:30 am - Adjourn

4B Components Ltd.



The Arnold Company

AgriDry LLC

Argonics, Inc.

BarnesCo. Inc.

BinMaster Level Controls

Brock Grain Systems

C-Tec, Inc.

Central Life Sciences

Clear Creek & Associates

Charm Sciences, Inc.

Chief Agri-Industrial Div.

CMC Industrial Electronics

Stuff Inc.

Degart Grain

Douglas Products

Drake Inc.

Electro-Sensors, Inc.

Frisbie Construction Co.

Grain Handling Safety Coalition

Greene Galvanized Stairs

Hulcher Services

J&M Industries

The Indsutrial Fumigant Co., LL

KC Supply Co., Inc.

The Lakeland Companies


M&M Specialty Services, LLC

Maxi-Tronic, Inc./Safe-Grain Inc.

McPherson Concrete Storage

Mole-Master Services Corp.

North American Equipment Co.

Outstate Data

Olsson & Associates

RCI Safety

Pepper Maintenance Systems, Inc.

Pneumat Systems

RBH Mill & Elevator


The Safety Quip Company

Sioux Steel Company

TG Technical Services


Wellman Enterprises L.L.C.
Co., Inc.

W. D. Patterson
Co., Inc.