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Risk management tools

Use these inspection and maintenance checklists, procedural guidelines, sample templates and other risk management tools to promote safety for your farm or commercial operation.


Year-round grain management

A year-round grain management strategy can help minimize grain-related accidents and help improve your bottom line.

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Pre-season grain dryer inspection and maintenance checklist

Use this checklist when performing grain dryer inspections to help reduce the risk of mechanical breakdown and fire.

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Pre-harvest farming checklist

Before harvest begins, follow these important tips to prepare and avoid the loss of use of harvesting, grain handling or grain drying equipment.

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Grain-related hazards

Young farm workers should read and follow all the information contained within, and share it with parents or legal guardians so they are aware of the potential hazards related to the transporting and storing of grain.

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Safe way to enter a bin

Entering a grain bin is extremely dangerous. This awareness document can help you gain a better understanding of what can go wrong when entering a grain bin and what it takes to help prevent a tragedy from happening.

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Confined space and grain bin entry permit

Before bin entry, it's important for all employers, workers and farmers to follow specific bin-entry precautions outlined in this permit.

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Hot work permit and guidelines

To avoid hot work-generated fires, management should implement a hot work program, which requires the issuance of a hot work permit before beginning hot work and observance of hot work preparation and safety guidelines.

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Grain storage construction

Follow these design, construction, maintenance and inspection guidelines to help ensure structural integrity and safety.

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Steel bin storage annual checklist

Use this checklist to help document and keep track of important bin information, such as owner's manuals, annual inspection reports and maintenance records.

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Concrete grain storage annual checklist

Use this checklist to help document and keep track of important bin information, such as owner's manuals, annual inspection reports and maintenance records.

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Lockout/tagout guidelines

Use this guide to help develop and implement an effective lockout/tagout program and to control hazardous energy.

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Emergency action plan for farms

Follow the steps outlined in this guide to help develop an effective emergency action plan for your farm.

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Emergency action plan for commercial businesses

Use this manual to assist your facility in developing an emergency action plan in compliance with OSHA's emergency action plan requirements.

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Emergency action plan template

Use this template to document your facility's emergency action plan.

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Aflatoxin management for commercial businesses

Follow these recommendations to assist your commercial business in developing a quality assurance program to help reduce the chance of buying and selling aflatoxin contaminated grain.

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Aflatoxin management for farms

Follow these steps to reduce or minimize the likelihood of aflatoxin development particularly with regards to pre-harvest scouting, testing, and proper drying and storage.

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