Keeping Safety Equipment Ready

Fire Extinguisher

Ask any ag retailer, and chances are they will tell you that one of the most important considerations in their operations is safety equipment. According to Terrance Bockenstedt, manager for Crop Production Services Inc. in Dyersville, IA, safety equipment needs to be top-of-mind, all the time at every retail facility.

“You just can’t take the chance that an accident won’t happen, so your safety gear has to be well maintained,” says Bockenstedt. “Otherwise, you are just asking for trouble in the future. Maybe you will never need to use these products in your day-to-day operations, but you never know. “

In this installment of “Deal­ership Security and You,” we will look at some of the components of any retailer’s safety procedures  and how they should be maintained.

1. Spill Kits, Safety Gear Needs To Be Regularly Checked

At most retail outlets, one of the standard safety components is the safety clothing and spill kit materials kept on the grounds. In most cases, this will include HAZMAT suits, shovels, safety gloves, and respirators.

According to Bockenstedt, these materials should be kept in a well-known location at the facility and be assessable to all employees, but still be secure enough to keep out unwanted visitors. “At least once every year, we have someone at our facility check these items,” he says. “He will make certain that everything that’s supposed to be with our spill kit is there and in good working order. If there are any missing items or things that aren’t working, he will replace them.”

2. Have Fire Extinguishers Checked Monthly

After safety gear kept on-site, fire extinguishers are another key part of the safety equation for any retail outlet to have on hand. According to Lisa Ochsner, unit supervisor for Simplot Grower Solutions, Torrington, WY, her company contracts with an outside firm to maintain its fire extinguishers.

“Every month, our outside contractor comes into our facility and checks each of our fire extinguishers to make sure they are all in good working order,” says Ochsner. “If there find any problems or units that aren’t filled, they will replace or recharge them.”

3. Safety Showers, Eye Wash Stations Should Be Regularly Flushed

For those retail operations that work with hazardous materials inside their facilities, it is important to have several safety showers and eye wash stations positioned around the buildings and across the grounds. According to Bill Fuller, manager for UAP Distribution, Inc. in Switz City, IN, these units should be checked at least on a monthly basis for problems with water supply and pressure.

“Every month, we have someone at our outlet flip on all of the safety showers and eye wash stations and let them run for a full day,” says Fuller. “This way, if there are any pressure or supply issues, they will show up and can be corrected.” He adds that this discarded water is reused by the company for its blending operations.

4. Emergency Water Holders On NH3 Tanks Should Be Checked Often

For those retailers that handle anhydrous ammonia (NH3), one of the most important safety features is the emergency water holders found on each nurse tank. According to Fuller, UAP personnel make certain that each of the company’s nurse tanks has a clean and adequate supply of water, especially during the busy spring season.

“We typically drain these holders in the winter,” he adds. “Just before the season begins, we have someone check all the holders for hose cracks or mold build-up. Once this is done and each is given the OK, fresh water is put into them.”

Leave a Reply

2 comments on “Keeping Safety Equipment Ready

Stewardship Stories

StewardshipMichigan Agriculture Leaders On Toledo Water Ban: We Want To Be Part Of The Conversation
August 8, 2014
Leaders of Michigan agricultural organizations said Thursday that the government should not have a “knee-jerk reaction” based on last weekend’s water ban in Toledo due to fertilizer run-off in Lake Erie. Read More
StewardshipBayer Lands Honor For Bee Care Center, Other Initiatives
June 3, 2014
Bayer Corp. has been named a 2014 Responsible Care Company of the Year by the American Chemistry Council, thanks in large part to its Drive Toward Zero initiative and North American Bayer Bee Care Center. Read More
StewardshipStrip-Tillage: A Sustainable Effort
March 3, 2014
As sustainable agriculture grows in popularity, interest in custom strip-tillage is growing. Read More
StewardshipCTIC Granted Nearly $500,000 To Examine Benefits Of Cover Crops
October 17, 2013
The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) has received a $482,000 Conservation Innovation Grant to study the benefits of cover crops. Read More

Trending Articles

EquipmentAdvance Your Technology IQ At MAGIE
August 13, 2014
The Midwest AG Industries Exposition (August 20-21) is the place you need to be to see, study and evaluate how new advances in the equipment, operations, crop protection and fertility sectors can help your business prosper. Read More
HerbicidesScouting Key To Next Season’s Soybean Herbicide Program
August 12, 2014
When growing soybeans, growers need to think ahead to stay one step ahead of weeds. That means examining weed threats and evaluating which herbicides work best. Read More
StewardshipMichigan Agriculture Leaders On Toledo Water Ban: We Want To Be Part Of The Conversation
August 8, 2014
Leaders of Michigan agricultural organizations said Thursday that the government should not have a “knee-jerk reaction” based on last weekend’s water ban in Toledo due to fertilizer run-off in Lake Erie. Read More
CropLife 100BRANDT Acquires Lemon Ag Services
August 4, 2014
The acquisition of Lemon Ag fits BRANDT’s aggressive corporate strategy of providing superior agronomic advice and services for customers in central Illinois. Read More
Eric SfiligojThe Resurgence Of Crop Protection
August 4, 2014
Plenty of new offerings over the next few years should see a rebirth for the crop protection products category in terms of market share. Read More
LegislationUSDA Implements Key Farm Bill Crop Insurance Provision
July 30, 2014
The new Supplemental Coverage Option, available through the federal crop insurance program and set to begin with the 2015 crop year, is designed to help protect producers from yield and market volatility. Read More

Latest News

CropLife 100GROWMARK CEO To Retire
August 22, 2014
GROWMARK chief executive officer Jeff Solberg has announced his retirement effective September 15, 2014. Read More
InsecticidesDuPont’s Prevathon Approved For Dry Beans
August 22, 2014
DuPont Prevathon insect control powered by Rynaxypyr has received EPA registration for foliar use on dry bean crops, including dried shelled peas and beans. Read More
ManagementNCGA DuPont New Leaders Program Enters Sophmore Season
August 20, 2014
The National Corn Growers Association and DuPont are pleased to announce the second year of the NCGA DuPont New Leaders Program. Read More
FungicidesVerdesian Links Up With Mitsui, Hokusan
August 20, 2014
Mitsui Chemicals Agro, Inc., and Hokusan Co., announced the signing of an exclusive licensing agreement allowing Verdesian Life Sciences global access to its patented technology for suppressing mycotoxin contamination in wheat and barley. Read More
SprayersUniversity Of Illinois Introduces New Spray App
August 18, 2014
University of Illinois Extension has released a new smartphone app for making sprayer-related calculations. Pesticide Spray Calculator, or Spray Calc, Read More
Crop InputsSyngenta Names New Manager Of Federal Government Relati…
August 18, 2014
Laura Wood Peterson has joined Syngenta as manager of federal government relations, based in Washington, DC. Read More
ManagementExpert To Discuss Farmland Value, Rent At Farm Science …
August 18, 2014
While cropland values in Ohio increased in the past two years, they have remained flat in 2014, declining in some cases, according to an Ohio State University agricultural economist. Read More
EquipmentDeere Announces Factory Layoffs
August 18, 2014
Deere & Co. has announced it will reduce the size of its manufacturing workforce at some agricultural equipment factories in response to current market demand for its products. Read More
HerbicidesNew DuPont Afforia Herbicide Gives Crops A Clean Start
August 18, 2014
DuPont Afforia is a preplant herbicide for soybeans and other field crops that provides excellent burndown and residual control of many challenging weeds, such as marestail and waterhemp. Read More
Equipment21 Products Showcased At MAGIE 2014
August 18, 2014
The annual Midwest AG Industries Exposition is upon us. Here is CropLife IRON's look at some of the products visitors can expect to see at this week's event. Read More
EquipmentAGCO Seeks Nominations For 2014 Operator Of The Year
August 15, 2014
Ag retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada are encouraged to nominate their best applicators. Read More
EquipmentAdvance Your Technology IQ At MAGIE
August 13, 2014
The Midwest AG Industries Exposition (August 20-21) is the place you need to be to see, study and evaluate how new advances in the equipment, operations, crop protection and fertility sectors can help your business prosper. Read More
ManagementCropLife’s Buyers’ Guide Issue Now Availabl…
August 13, 2014
One of our most read issues of the year — the August Buyers' Guide — is ready to download on the iPad. This popular issue features equipment for "In The Field," "At The Plant" and "In The Office." Read More
WebinarsWebinars On Demand
August 13, 2014
Register for one of our upcoming Webinars or access our archive of past Webinars to view recordings of presentations that may be of interest to you. Read More
HerbicidesBASF: Fall Burndown Benefits Go Beyond Weed Control
August 12, 2014
While unpredictable weather may delay application timing of spring herbicides, more growers are adding a burndown application in the fall Read More
HerbicidesScouting Key To Next Season’s Soybean Herbicide P…
August 12, 2014
When growing soybeans, growers need to think ahead to stay one step ahead of weeds. That means examining weed threats and evaluating which herbicides work best. Read More
StewardshipNitrogen Efficiency Supports Environmental Stewardship
August 12, 2014
As growers prepare for another harvest, it’s important to consider how nitrogen stabilization not only supports healthy plant growth but also fosters environmental stewardship. Read More
Seed/BiotechMycogen Seeds Introduces 19 New Corn Hybrids For 2015
August 12, 2014
Many of the new hybrids feature Mycogen's SmartStax Refuge Advanced technology for maximum protection of the genetic potential and planting convenience. Read More