Grain handling is a high-hazard activity, where workers face serious injury and death. Youth should not be in grain bins or silos or in/around flat storage structures unless they are empty, proper lock-out/tag-out and other safety procedures are followed, and the youth is at least 16 years old.
Have you taken the proper steps to ensure the safety of grain bins/silo entry on your farm?
The checklist below lists a few common hazards you can look for and fix to keep your workers and family safe.
- Has equipment been powered off at main disconnect and locked and tagged?
- If there is potential for combustible gas, vapors or toxic agents, has the oxygen level been tested with a gas monitor?
- Is a rope and harness available for anyone entering a grain bin?
- If a worker enters, is an observer present and in communication?
- Is the observer trained and able to initiate rescue?
- Is rescue equipment provided and specifically suited for entry?
- Are there NIOSH approved masks or respirators available?
- Are grain and feed bins clearly labeled to warn of the hazards of flowing grain or feed?
- Do all bins have permanent ladders inside and outside?
- Are hearing protectors available for wearing around noisy equipment?
- Are equipment guards and shields in place and in good condition?
You and/or your employee(s) can download and print a pdf checklist to complete safety checks on your farm. Keep the completed forms for follow-up, future reference and inspections.DOWNLOAD PDF CHECKLIST
WHAT IS THE UMASH FARM SAFETY CHECK?
The UMASH Farm Safety Check is a quick monthly review to identify and fix potential hazards before they cause harm to your family and employees – and your bottom line.
Each month, Farm Safety Check will focus on a different topic, offering checklists and tips for identifying hazards, along with resources to remedy any problems. Use the Farm Safety Check checklists and resources to reinforce safety practices throughout the year and help prevent incidents and injuries for workers, visitors, and farm families.