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No matter how well you are prepared, entering a grain bin is a risk. Take it from a survivor, who will share a first-hand account of how fast a grain bin entrapment can happen. This in-depth workshop examines why entrapments occur and how to prevent them. The discussion also covers new technology, equipment, trends, procedures and safety equipment to use when grain bin entry is necessary.
This session will help make your facility safer.
Carol Jones, Professor and Buchanan Chair, Oklahoma State University
Jeff Decker, President, Decker Consulting & Investigations
Imagine if we knew the location of operational risk for human error, allowing us to proactively address critical situations and prevent harm to people or catastrophic events. A new applied-neuroscience approach allows for the delivery of powerful solutions that target a new class of risk/exposure.
This session focuses on how we can use the brain to predict, forecast, and prevent safety risk across an organization. Participants will have a new appreciation for risks as they currently exist and potential impacts on the brain and neuro activity.
Phillip Belcher, Principal Consultant, DEKRA
Their reputations precede them. Millennials are entitled and lazy, Gen X can’t get along, and Baby Boomers are just out of touch. It’s time to stop listening to these negative stereotypes and let this workshop set the record straight!
Learn about the strengths and challenges associated with each generation so that you can better manage coworkers and understand your family (and maybe even your children).
Carlie Crouch, Learning and Development Manager, Perdue AgriBusiness
Understanding something like a facility inspection from a different point of view can be enlightening. Inspections can seem overwhelming, especially for a large facility, but taking simple steps and addressing specific areas makes the review more manageable. Be prepared for issues by understanding things that a structural engineer typically looks for during concrete and steel storage inspections. Learn about monitoring methods and inspection tasks, repairs typically recommended after an inspection, and the structural life expectancy for concrete and steel storage.
Michael Blough, Project Engineer, Clear Creek & Associates
What underutilized and environmentally friendly equipment can move bulk materials in a variety of applications over long distances, minimize clean-up tasks, and keep employees safe? Pipe conveyors completely enclose the material being conveyed, which keeps personnel safe while performing conveyor inspections during normal operations.
This presentation covers pipe conveyor technology including design, capabilities, and benefits. Attendees will learn how the pipe conveyor can negotiate different terrains and avoid obstacles by using both horizontal and vertical curves.
Jason Illum, Project Development Manager, Bedeschi Mid-West Conveyor
It’s important to keep current on OSHA requirements for hazard monitoring, and that’s where this session begins. A life size bucket elevator will be used to demonstrate the required OSHA motion, bearing, and belt mis-alignment devices, locations, and applications. See a successful sensor installation. Learn about new installation testing and verification, ongoing maintenance procedures, and alert and alarm notification methods using a PC and monitor. Finally, watch a data acquisition demonstration to create a predictive maintenance schedule.
Scott Chant, President, Safe-Grain Inc
Aeration is one of the most common and safest techniques used to preserve stored grains quality without chemicals. Aeration is environmentally friendly and cost-effective, and it can significantly prevent kernel deterioration and grain losses due to insect and mold infestations. Without the necessary design knowledge and understanding, this technology cannot be implemented at its full capacity.
Starting with basic principles and physics, this presentation provides a guideline to achieve the best performance of aeration, accounting for stored grains peculiarities, ecosystems, and ambient conditions.
Francesco Selva, Technical Manager, AG Growth Int. – FRAME srl
Despite declining injury rates, severe incidents and workplace fatalities (SIF) are on the rise. Understand ways to identify the precursors to SIF incidents, and discuss potential SIF incidents in the grain industry. Look at data using predictive analytics to expose where a company may have the most exposure to SIFs.
This session is a “must attend” for anyone working with safety, risk assessment, or injury prevention.
Tim Boyer, CIO, DEKRA/RCI
This session explores the evolution from a traditional safety culture to an engaged culture owned and driven by an empowered and impassioned workforce. Traditional (lagging indicators) and innovative (leading indicators) performance metrics will be reviewed. Participants will discuss real-world challenges using actual examples.
This session is intended for experienced safety and operations leaders seeking to accomplish world-class performance levels sustained by an engaged workforce.
Joe Melton, Director of Consulting Services, DEKRA
William (Bill) Spreeman, VP Safety-Environmental and Regulatory Affairs, Agtegra Cooperative
More than 20% of our workforce may be eligible to retire during the next five years. Is your organization prepared for this impending gap? What is working well, and where do you need help? Industry and academia should work together to ensure there is a pipeline of talent for our industry.
This session covers key components to consider when the Baby Boomer population exits our industry.
Dr. Andrew ‘Dewey’ Mann, Lecturer/Advisor, The Ohio State University
Prepare to think differently!
Explore the complex and interdependent systems that make up the global food system. Learn about the impacts on agriculture, transportation, business, and other elements if any part of the system fails or faces unplanned circumstances. Participants will be challenged to expand beyond typical thinking and consider sociological and psychological inputs when decision making during challenging circumstances.
Maureen Olewnik, Coordinator-Global Food Systems Initiative, Kansas State University
Rail design influences facility and process operations, ranging from on-site truck flow to personnel safety and overall site layout. Creating a strategy for rail components during the early phases of a project allows the design to work to the best advantage of facility owners and managers.
This presentation covers a range of rail-related design details and things to avoid. Learn about the benefit of coordinating all receiving/loadout options, advice for meeting stringent railroad requirements, and the process of incorporating rail on existing sites.
Quin Vincent, Partner, VAA, LLC.
Fumigation can be one of the best ways to deal with pests in stored grain. Fumigants can also be costly, especially if they are not applied using standardized methods and monitored closely. Explore these commonly used methods and the best ways to monitor fumigation to save money and achieve the most impact. Participants will gain a better understanding of how to get the best results from fumigants and ensure everyone involved remains safe.
Rahul Singh, President, Uniphos Envirotronic PVT, Ltd.
Sometimes grain elevators with dryers have a limited allocation of natural gas if they are connected to a common gas line. An SNG system allows you to add an extra layer of capacity to run dryers at full capacity when specifically needed (during peak dryer times).
The session explains what an SNG system includes, how it works, and common challenges. Examples of past projects and solutions will be highlighted along with horror and success stories.
Boyden Kneen, General Manager, Utility Energy Systems
Fatigue is a factor in workplace productivity and increases the risk of employee incidents and injuries. One study found that 13% of workplace injuries were attributed to employees with sleep problems. Nearly every American worker reports at least one risk factor for fatigue, and almost half admit to being sleep deprived. Sleep deficiency and disorders cost a typical medium-sized employer $1 million a year in lost productivity, missed work days, and health care costs.
Identify causes of workplace fatigue, and implement best practices to reduce risk and decrease the financial burden of sleep-deprived employees.
Emily Whitcomb, Senior Program Manager, National Safety Council
Are you planning your next facility project?
This session reviews the benefits of using technology and new planning approaches. The combination of 3D laser scanning and 3D equipment modeling allows for greatly improved designs and installation accuracy. 3D laser cloud points eliminate the need for as-built drawings and greatly improves design accuracy. Proper use of 3D scans can reduce the engineering cost by as much as 50% and construction cost by 15-20%. 3D Modeling, laser scanning, drones, and modern modeling software have created complete virtual reality versions of our facilities and design accuracies of +/- 1/2 inch across an entire facility.
Participants will gain a better understanding of these new approaches and technology.
Ross McEllhiney, Projects Manager, Louis Dreyfus Company
Safety systems are increasingly deployed for bulk material handling equipment, and proactive sensing efforts continue to increase for many facilities. This session focuses on the finer points of examining proper sensor applications and implementations as outlined in OSHA and NFPA 70 mandates. We will also explore the additional proactive maintenance benefits of proper sensing technologies and deployments to ensure your staff and equipment remain safe.
Bob Reis, General Manager, CMC/AGI
While pneumatic conveying systems do not have as many high-speed rotating safety concerns as bucket elevators, drag conveyors, belt conveyors, lifts, and other systems, they do have their own safety issues. Pressure and vacuum pneumatic conveying systems can include high-speed rotating shafts, low-speed airlock rotation, spreaders, vane feeders, and issues regarding airborne dust and high-pressure compressed air. Review and discuss these and many other safety concerns during our session.
Dave Link, Regional Sales Manager, Kice Industries, Inc.
Experience and research shows that the key to minimizing production downtime and damage due to fire and dust explosions is detecting and eliminating potential ignition sources. Firefly provides True Infrared radiation detection and full cone water spray that detects and extinguishes sparks and hot particles. Firefly also offers flame detection and water mist suppression around high-risk process machinery. This solution is based on a risk assessment of your specific process.
Grant Garcia, Technical Sales, Firefly North America
For the first time, the Expo Hall includes a grain entrapment rescue demo. This interactive training will reinforce proper rescue techniques for grain entrapment, and help you build skills to keep yourself and co-workers safe.
This exciting closing workshop always garners high interest and attendance.
During this session, industry experts discuss approaches to performing ArcFlash studies and the value and risks of each. Learn about what actually occurs during an ArcFlash and why it is so important to understand the associated risks and the required PPE. Listen to a first-hand story and picture of ArcFlash incident that occurred at a GEAPS member’s facilities.
This session is guaranteed to be informative and well worth your time.
Dave Marr, Retired Facility Manager, MAC Breckenridge
Eric Dorn, Project Manager, Faith Technologies, Inc.
Joe Schommer, Business Development Manager, Resa Power Service