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Hormel Foods is known for its award-winning safety programs. Our dedicated corporate safety department develops and administers companywide policies to ensure the safety of each employee and compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards.

The corporate safety department also conducts annual audits of our manufacturing plants to ensure compliance with company safety policies. View our latest safety data in our 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report.

Safety Training

Our corporate safety department administers the monthly, Our Way to Safety employee training program. Plant safety managers coordinate monthly train-the-trainer safety meetings for plant supervisors.

Examples of topics covered by the trainings include:

  • Electrical safety,
  • Emergency action plans,
  • Ergonomics,
  • The global harmonized system for hazard communication,
  • Inclement weather,
  • Lockout–control of hazardous energy,
  • Machine guarding, and
  • Personal protective equipment.

There are 119 automated external defibrillator (AED) devices located in Hormel Foods plants and approximately 1,700 trained responders. Response team members receive biennial training in blood-borne pathogens, first aid, CPR and the use of the AED. AED readiness is ensured through a daily check of the AEDs. The lives of four employees have been saved since the inception of the AED program at Hormel Foods in 2008.

Companywide safety conferences are held biennially. The 2015 Our Way to Safety Conference included safety management and industrial engineering employees from all company locations, along with members of the Corporate Safety Steering Committee. The theme of the conference was “One Team One Goal,” which focused on the establishment of a new companywide safety initiative to reduce employee injuries and illnesses.

View our latest safety training information in our 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report.

More than 17,000 employees received safety training every month in 2016.

Safety Management

Hormel Foods has a Corporate Safety Steering Committee that provides companywide safety process leadership to all business units of Hormel Foods and its subsidiaries. Hormel Foods has long been at the forefront of the industry in employee safety. The committee further drives our leadership in this area.

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;
  • Cascading standardization of the safety process to all business units; and
  • Demonstrating safety champion commitment to always ensure employee safety as the No. 1 priority.

Our Safety, Health and Ergonomic Policy states that the safety, well-being and comfort of each employee are a team effort requiring everyone’s participation. Each location operates with a manager responsible for the program and a committee that meets monthly to review and discuss topics and ideas. The committees are responsible for assisting in the development of the plant’s protection processes and keeping employees engaged. In addition, they perform monthly care and ergonomic audits and when necessary, ensure corrective actions are implemented. Companywide, our safety committees are comprised of approximately 1,700 hourly and salaried employees.