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Nebraska Dept. of Environment & Energy Update

Starting Sept. 1, NDEE will use a Letter of Non-Compliance (LNC) to communicate when a facility is in violation of environmental regulations.

Harvest 2020 - Communicating Operation Plans

While we are still in the midst of a pandemic, it is good to review your Local Health Guidelines and communicate with your team and producers:

  • Are there any new local or state regulations affecting operations?
  • Are there any new delivery protocols?
  • Will there be any scheduling for delivery?
  • Is the office open, and if not, how will you get a delivery ticket?
  • Are you using any new technology, such as mobile apps, to simplify the entire process?
  • Will you be doing any customer briefings?
Harvest can be long and hectic hours, so let's focus on injury prevention this Harvest. Use your three points of contact when climbing structures, stay on top of housekeeping protocals to decrease trips and other hazards. 

Housekeeping: Combustible Dust

Workers always should conduct a hazard analysis prior to performing housekeeping activities in areas containing combustible dust.
Hazard analysis involves asking the right questions:
  • Are there low-clearance objects or equipment that con strike my head?
  • Can any part of my body or clothing be caught on an object that could pull me into moving equipment, such as an unguarded shaft?
  • Can I slip or trip on anything that would result in a fall?
  • Can I fall from one level to another?
  • Will I be exposed to respirable dust or high noise levels?
  • Can my eyes be exposed to flying objects or dust?
  • Do potential ignition sources exist in the work area?
Once hazards are identified, seek to eliminate, reduce, or control exposure by:
  • Ensuring that equipment is guarded properly or de-energized and locked and tagged out.
  • Eliminating potential ignition sources.
  • Cleaning up product spills and removing trip hazards.
  • Using scaffolding or long-handled tools to clean hard-to-reach areas.
  • Wearing head protection such as a hardhat or bump cap.
  • Wearing hearing protection such as earplugs or earmuffs.
  • Wearing a particulate filtering facepiece, tight-fitting half- or full-face, or powered air-purifying respirator.
  • Wearing eye protection, such as dust-tight goggles.
  • Using fall protection when possible.
Traditional broom and shovel methods are still a preferred housekeeping method since they do not place as much dust in suspension compared to the use of compressed air. Regardless of the method used, housekeeping efforts should focus on hard-to-reach areas such as upper surfaces including walls, spouting, and ledges.
Dust accumulations on top of equipment bearing must also be removed routinely. If the bearing overheats, it can ignite suspended dust or the layer of dust covering the bearing.
This may occur in:
  • Bucket elevator head and boot areas.
  • Particulate size-reduction equipment such as screeners, cleaners, and shakers.
  • Blenders.
  • Belt-driven fans.

Source: Joe Mlynek is president of Progressive Safety Services LLC, Gates Mills, OH;; and content creation expert for Safety Made Simple, Inc., Olathe, KS;

Avoid Dust Explosions With Intrinsically Safe Two-Way Radios

According to a 2019 report issued by Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, the number grain dust explosions, injuries, and fatalities have not been reduced over the past decade.
Using professional quality Intrinsically Safe two-way radios should be a must for anyone working around combustible dust.
Intrinsically Safe two-way radios are designed to eliminate the potential for spark, heat, or flame when being used.

Six Absolute Must Haves for Intrinsically Safe Radios
Intrinisically Safe Grain Dust Two Way Radio

1. Intrinsically Safe Two-Way Radios must meet military specifications MIL-STD-810 as maintained by the United States Air Force, Army, and Navy. These specifications address environmental conditions that include heat, pressure, vibration, and shock resistance.

2. Intrinsically Safe Two-Way Radios must meet Division 2 Requirements (i.e. Abnormal situation where potentially hazardous material is expected to be safely confined within closed containers or closed systems and will be present in the atmosphere only through accidental rupture, breakage, or abnormal operation.)

3. Intrinsically Safe Two-Way Radios must meet all three classifications of hazardous environments including:
  • Class I: Flammable vapors and gasses
  • Class II: Flammable dust
  • Class III: Flammable fibers
4. Intrinsically Safe Two-Way Radios should also be waterproof and rated at least IP67.

5. Intrinsically Safe Two-Way Radios must be tested and certified by independent agencies such as SGS to comply to the UL 913 5th Ed., TIA 4950-A, CSA C22.2 No. 157- 92 standards.

6. All radio accessories also must be certified as Intrinsically Safe.

Source: Discount Two-Way Radio - Vincent Aviani, 424-201-3116;



FMCSA extended—and modified—the emergency declaration that was set to expire Aug. 14, 2020. This modified declaration is not effective until 12:00 A.M. (ET), Aug. 15, 2020 and expires on Sept. 14, 2020. 


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