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 Stand Up History & the OSHA Alliance Program

The first Stand-Up 4 Grain Safety Week was held in 2017 and began as an initiative between  OSHA Region 7, and the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) Great Plains Chapter.  Interest spread in this event, bringing in other OSHA Regions and grain industry leaders, proving the industry’s commitment to growing a stronger safety culture through pooling their ideas and resources. The first Stand Up had 942 registered participants.

IN 2018 OSHA and the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA entered into the National Alliance Agreement. Through this Alliance, OSHA and NGFA coordinated the Stand Up for Grain Safety week, bringing in support and assistance from GEAPS and other leading organizations.  The following year (2019) the Alliance sought partners to plan and organize the Stand Up week. The Alliance, along with GEAPS and the Grain Handling Safety Council (GHSC) coordinated, planned, and participated in the Stand Up Week.  The enhanced activities, resources, outreach and promotion efforts provided by the organizations resulted in an 18.4% increase in industry participation.

Capitalizing on the success of the Stand Up events OSHA and NGFA will be renewing their Alliance, with the addition of GEAPS and GHSC as signatories. Incorporating GEAPS and GHSC, the Alliance will reach a more diverse audience in the grain industry through its initiatives, specifically reaching those at the worker level and in the production sector. Today’s Stand Up 4 Grain Safety Week continues to grow as the organizations combine their talents, resources, and knowledge to develop more training and educational offerings, expand partnerships with other industry organizations, and reach across the entire grain industry spectrum.

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