The Grain Handling Safety Coalition is committed to prevention of accidents, injuries, and fatalities in grain handling through education and heightened awareness.  GHSC has developed several education modules addressing hazards found in areas of grain handling facilities and on-site storage including grain bins and their surrounding area.

This section provides a broad overview of the curriculum design, content, course length and delivery; audience information; and specifics about equipment/facility needs, language/literacy needs, and technical information which will assist you to plan training tailored to the needs of your local community.

Course Descriptions
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The purpose of the training modules is to assist participants to identify and abate hazards typically found in and around grain handling facilities, storage structures and equipment both in commercial elevator settings and farms (on- site storage, fields work, transportation).

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General Audience Information:

Modules are designed for audiences across the grain handling spectrum including both the production industry (farmers), commercial industry (both large and small elevator managers, supervisors, and employees, and others who work with or around grain.

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Each module includes a power point presentation (created in Microsoft Power Point 2010) featuring many photos and graphics,  demonstrations, hands-on participatory activities or group exercises, discussion questions, supplemental handouts/reference material, and Instructor or Participant Manuals.  Additionally, each module has pre/post tests and/or other evaluation tools.

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Currently, the modules are designed as “in person” training sessions.  Each module is designed to stand alone as an individual session or be grouped with others to form a longer training, more comprehensive training.  Additionally, sections of the modules can be presented individually for short time segments such as facility safety meetings.

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Course Length:

Most modules are designed to be presented in 90 to 120 minute sessions with the inclusion of the demonstrations, activities, exercises, and evaluations.  They can be presented in 60 minutes by excluding many of the demonstrations, activities, exercises and discussion.  A two to three hour time frame per module is recommended for audiences wanting in-depth discussion and more demonstrations, activities and exercises.  Recommended course length is included in each course description.

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Train the Trainer:

Each module has an accompanying Train the Trainer course to further develop the capacity of communities to offer local training.

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GHSC has also developed a young workers curriculum consisting of three modules for use by Ag instructors, community safety days, 4H, FFA or other interested persons who desire to educate youth on safe work practices in an agricultural setting.  The modules cover basic hazards of grain handling, include participatory activities and supplemental handouts, and teaching young workers how ensure their personal safety at the work place.

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Language & Literacy Needs:

Powerpoint, handouts, evaluations, etc. are written in English.  Spanish translated versions are available for Power Point presentations, most handouts, and evaluations.  Pictures, graphics and limited text make this suitable for low literacy audiences.

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Facility Needs:

Training is best suited for a conference room, classroom, break room, auditorium, or other indoor space with seating for participants.  It could be adapted for outdoor use.  Contact GHSC for this request.

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Equipment Needs and Supplies:

Training is best suited for use with a computer, projector, screen and speakers.   Computers should have Microsoft Windows operating system and adequate memory.  Modules are large files containing many photos and graphics.  Files can be downloaded directly onto a hard drive or onto a flash drive.   A  projector is and a screen or suitable viewing surface is required.  External speakers for the computer is advisable as many of the modules contain video/audio clips.   Hosts should, when possible make available the use of a copy machine in the event extra copies of materials are needed; flipcharts or white board and markers; and writing utensils for participants.  Depending on the module(s) presented, the host may be asked to provide materials for some of the demonstrations such as corn or birdseed, plastic tubs, etc.  These needs will be addressed when training is scheduled.

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Conversion of Microsoft Power Point 2010:

For trainers and facilities without Microsoft Office 2010 conversion software will have to be downloaded for the powerpoint to display correctly.  This software should be downloaded onto the computer used in the training presentation.  Conversion instructions (link coming soon) and Conversion software(link coming soon) are available here (link coming soon).