Working in and around grain is known to be extremely dangerous, even for adults. For youth, special care needs to be taken, as they are particularly vulnerable to workplace hazards. Their desire to please others and appear knowledgeable and mature often prevents them from asking questions or seeking help. To help safeguard youth who are working around grain, the National Children’s Center partnered with the Grain Handling Safety Coalition to develop safety resources and guidelines, as well as curriculum designed for high school agricultural classes and community training. All resources and curriculum are free to download and use.
Guidelines for youth working around grain:
- Youth are not working in or around grain storage structures or wagons when grain is being loaded, unloaded or transferred
- When working in empty grain storage structures, all safety procedures, including lock-out/tag-out are followed.
- Youth are fully trained on the job to be performed, including proper climbing techniques, and on the personal protective equipment used
The grain safety curriculum consists of three sets of curriculum, which have been correlated to the ANFR standards. Topics include “Entrapment, Engulfment and Entanglement,” "Falls and Electrical Hazards," and "Other Hazards, PPE & Child Labor." All modules include:
- PowerPoint® presentations
- Interactive activities
- Instructor guide and notes
- Student note pages
- Quizzes, pre & post tests and evaluations
- Additional resources
In addition to the curriculum modules, a video is available that explores how it can literally be just "Seconds to Tragedy" when working with grain. The video, based on a true story, interviews the survivors of a fatal grain incident, who relate in heartbreaking detail what happens when safety is ignored.
For more information and to access the free resources and curriculum, visit http://grainsafety.org/young-workers/.
To access youth agricultural work guidelines, visit: https://cultivatesafety.org/work-guidelines/.
Additional resources include:
Grain Bin Safety Handout
Funding for curriculum was provided by OSHA under grant SH-24931SH3.