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Bin Sweep Equipment Manufacturers Invited to GEAPS Workshop

October 21, 2010
Bin sweep equipment manufacturers have been invited to participate in a workshop at the annual Grain Elevator & Processing Society’s (GEAPS) technical conference and exhibition set for February 27-March 1, 2011 in Portland, OR.

The workshop, “Bin Sweeps and Bin Entry: Tackling an Industry Challenge,” will address important issues relating to OSHA’s “zero-bin-entry” regulations while unguarded bin sweep equipment is running. Questions about what the regulations imply in terms of compliance have been vexing to many grain companies. Exactly how should they comply? What are the safest, most efficient, and least-expensive ways?

“We are planning a great discussion about these issues at the workshop,” said Ken Schmenk of The Andersons, chairman of GEAPS’ Educational Programming Committee. “What is the industry doing to make bin sweeps OSHA-compliant? How are GEAPS members dealing with this issue? What modifications are manufacturers of bin sweeps making to make this equipment safer?”

The workshop, to be held Sunday morning, Feb. 27, will include an overview of the regulatory issues, a segment on the insurance industry’s perspective, and a discussion about how grain companies attempt to comply.

It will also provide manufacturers of bin sweeps and related equipment five to seven minutes to discuss how their equipment helps meet the zero-entry challenges.

To take part in this program, manufacturers need to apply by Dec. 1, 2010. Only the companies that best demonstrate how their equipment addresses these challenges will be selected. Due to time constraints, only a limited number of vendors will be selected to participate.

Click here for the application form.

Complete information on “Bin Sweeps and Bin Entry: Tackling an Industry Challenge” is available at www.geaps.com.

For more information, contact Laura Hietala at GEAPS, laurah@geaps.com; 952-928-4640

For additional application information or to request an application, contact Chuck House at GEAPS, chuckh@geaps.com; 952-928-4640.