The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) is now accepting applications for the 2016 Safety Awards Program that recognizes facilities that go an entire year without a lost-time injury or illness. Facilities that successfully complete the program are rewarded with a plaque and are recognized on stage at the Exchange, on the GEAPS website, and in GEAPS’ monthly newsletter.
The program recognizes companies in two categories: for working the most cumulative hours in a year without a lost-time injury or illness, and for the most consecutive years without an incident. Applications are available on GEAPS Safety Awards website, and must be completed and submitted to GEAPS by Friday, January 8, 2016. Facilities must then go all of 2016 without a lost-time injury or illness and submit their 2016 OSHA 300A form, along with the total number of personnel hours worked at the facility during the calendar year. For facilities outside the U.S., a signed letter on company letterhead stating that there were no lost-time injuries or illnesses and reporting the total personnel-hours worked will be accepted.
The program is open to grain storage and grain processing facilities, as well as suppliers, engineers, and millwrights. The enrollment fee is $95 for facilities that employ a GEAPS member and $140 for non-member facilities.
Results of the program are announced each year at the Exchange. The 2016 Safety Award winners will be announced at Exchange 2017 in Kansas City, MO, and 2015 program winners will be announced at Exchange 2016 in Austin, TX.
Marcus Neal, Lansing Trade Group, GEAPS first vice president, presided over the Safety Awards at Exchange 2015. “Safety is the number one issue that binds us together across the industry,” Neal said. “It’s important to share our successes and best practices with each other and to recognize the facilities that achieve these safety milestones.”
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