National Farm Safety Week

Grain Storage Safety Checklist

Creating a safety checklist to follow while loading grain into bins during harvest can greatly aid in preventing accidents and ensuring the longevity of stored grain. Here is a grain storage safety checklist that includes provisions for securing bins with grain management technology that allows for zero entry.

Grain Storage Safety Checklist


Inspection and Maintenance

    • Check the condition of bins, including the roof, walls, and foundation
    • Inspect aeration systems to ensure they are functioning properly
    • Clean bins to remove any leftover grain or debris

Grain Management Technology

    • Install zero-entry grain management technology such as sensor systems to monitor grain conditions remotely
    • Set up automated aeration and drying systems to maintain grain quality without entering the bin
    • Test the grain management system to ensure it is functioning correctly

During Harvest

Safety Gear

    • Wear proper safety gear, including gloves, dust masks, and protective eye wear
    • Ensure a well-stocked first-aid kit is accessible

Loading Procedures

  • Establish a safe loading procedure to prevent over-filling of bins
  • Use spouts, distributors, or spreaders to evenly distribute grain and minimize dust
  • Constantly monitor grain moisture levels to prevent spoilage
  • Assure fans and heaters are properly matched for filling and CFM requirements. Ensure power connection is viable.

Emergency Preparedness

    • Have an emergency plan in place and ensure all workers are familiar with it
    • Install emergency stop buttons on augers and conveyors
    • Ensure that all staff are trained on how to use safety equipment, including harnesses and lanyards



    • Assure fans and heaters are running properly
    • Regularly monitor grain conditions using the grain management system
    • Set up alerts to notify you of any issues, such as changes in grain moisture or temperature


    • Regularly inspect all electrical systems to prevent fires
    • Check the structural integrity of the bins and perform necessary maintenance

Record Keeping

    • Maintain records of grain conditions and any interventions performed
    • Document all safety inspections and maintenance activities

Training and Education


    • Ensure all workers are trained on the correct procedures for loading and unloading grain
    • Educate workers on the potential dangers of grain entrapment and how to avoid them

Continuous Learning

Remember, the goal is to maintain a zero-entry protocol as much as possible, utilizing technology to manage and monitor the grain in storage safely and efficiently. Make safety a priority by following this checklist and ensuring all necessary precautions are taken.

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