MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, US — Registration is now open for the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) 2021 Safety Awards Program. The program recognizes facilities that go an entire year without a work-related lost-time injury or illness and facilities that have zero recordable work-related injuries or illnesses.

“Safety is the most important part of everyone’s job,” said Jeff Jones, president of GEAPS International. “Completing the Safety Awards Program and hanging the plaque in your plant is a great way to show your employees that you notice the hard work they put in to enforcing your safety culture.”

The program is open to any company involved in the grain industry, including elevators and other storage facilities, processing plants and mills, construction companies and suppliers. 

“We provide a number of safety programs,” said Steve Records, executive director of GEAPS. “From our entry-level distance education course to our engulfment presentations at Exchange, we give you tools to build and enhance your safety culture. The Safety Awards Program is a nice opportunity to recognize the work your team does putting those lessons into practice at your facility.”

Companies that have participated in the past are encouraged to enroll online. For first-time companies, applications are available on the Safety Awards website

Enrollment must be completed and submitted to GEAPS by Jan. 15, 2021. Facilities must then go all of 2021 without a work-related lost-time injury or illness and complete the online reporting form or submit their 2021 OSHA 300A form, along with the total number of personnel hours worked at the facility during the calendar year.

For facilities outside the United States, a separate form or signed letters on company letterhead stating that there were no lost-time injuries or illnesses and reporting the total personnel-hours worked are accepted.

The enrollment fee is $95 for facilities that employ a GEAPS member, and $140 for non-member facilities. Only one facility discount is allowed per member.

For more information or to register for the program visit the GEAPS website.