WomaninplantHormel Foods is a leader in the meat industry for employee safety and is known for its award-winning safety programs. Our dedicated corporate safety department develops and administers company-wide safety policies to ensure the safety of each employee and compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. The corporate safety department conducts periodic safety audits of our manufacturing plants to ensure compliance with company safety policies.

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Safety Statistics

Our commitment to safety is evidenced by our injury/illness incident rates, which are equal to or below the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) industrial average for North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) 3116 Animal Slaughtering and Processing.

OSHA calculates the Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR) as the number of OSHA recordable incidents multiplied by 200,000 hours and divided by the total hours worked that year. In 2010, for TCIR, Hormel Foods outperformed the BLS industry average by 27 percent with a rate of 5.0. Since 2006, we have reduced our TCIR by 45 percent.

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Days Away from Work Injury and Illness (DAFWII) measures an injury or illness that involves one or more days away from work. In 2010, the DAFWII rate at Hormel Foods was 0.7. This is 36 percent lower than the BLS industry average of 1.1. Since 2006, we have reduced our DAFWII rate by 22 percent.

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Days Away, Restricted or Transfer (DART) measures the days an employee has restricted work activity or job transfer, or both. In 2010, our DART rate was 3.3. This is 28 percent lower than the BLS industry average of 4.6. Since 2006, we have reduced our DART rate by 36 percent.

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Safety Training

Our Way to Safety Conference AttendeesOur corporate safety department administers the monthly “Our Way to Safety” employee training program. Plant safety managers coordinate monthly “train the trainer” safety training meetings for plant supervisors who in turn train their respective employees. We conduct safety trainings for an average of 14,000 employees and supervisors in our plants each month and we complete more than 800 safety assessments per month in our plants. Some of the topics we cover include: electrical safety, emergency action plans, ergonomics, first aid/CPR/AED, hazard communication, inclement weather, lockout – control of hazardous energy, machine guarding and personal protective equipment.

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Safety Management

A Corporate Safety Steering Committee was formed in 2009 to provide corporate-wide safety process leadership to all business units of Hormel Foods and its subsidiaries.

The goals of the committee include:

  • Driving continuous improvement of the safety process
  • Analyzing key safety metrics and worker compensation trends
  • Evaluating and approving initiatives that will support continuous improvement of the safety process
  • Driving standardization of the safety process to all business units
  • Demonstrating safety champion commitment to ensure employee safety is the number one priority

While Hormel Foods is known in the industry as a leader in employee safety, we see this as an opportunity to continue to lead in this area and show consistent improvement.

Also, our Safety, Health and Ergonomic Policy emphasizes our philosophy that safety and ergonomics are a team effort that requires every employee’s participation. Each plant operates with a designated safety manager and defined safety committees who meet monthly with plant management to ensure safety policies are implemented and enforced. Companywide, our safety committees are comprised of more than 2,100 hourly and salaried employees. These committees perform monthly safety audits and, when necessary, ensure corrective actions are implemented. They are also responsible for assisting in the development of the plant’s safety processes.

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Safety Excellence Program

Our Safety Excellence Program, which has been in existence since 1994, is designed to promote a safer workplace to increase employee safety awareness through the recognition of plants that meet or exceed company safety goals. Each year our corporate safety department tightens the Safety Excellence criteria to foster continuous improvement in our safety process. In 2010, 28 plants received the highly coveted Hormel Foods Safety Excellence trophy.

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Industry Safety Recognition

Our processing plants annually receive recognition for their outstanding safety performance from the American Meat Institute (AMI). In 2010, 19 company locations received a prestigious safety award from the AMI Foundation’s Safety Recognition Award Program – a record for the highest number of AMI safety awards in a single year for Hormel Foods. Among this group, seven plants received the AMI Award of Honor, the highest level awarded for outstanding safety performance; five plants received the Award of Merit; three plants received the Award of Commendation; and four plants received the Certificate of Recognition award. The National Safety Council, a non-government, not for profit, public service organization, develops and administers the program for the AMI Foundation.

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