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Safety

Hormel Foods is known for its award winning safety programs. Our dedicated corporate safety department develops and administers companywide safety 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 safety audits of our manufacturing plants to ensure compliance with company safety policies.

Injury/Illness Rates

Our commitment to safety is evidenced by our injury/illness incident rates, which are 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 2012, for TCIR, Hormel Foods manufacturing locations outperformed the BLS industry average by 28 percent with a rate of 4.6. Since 2006, we have reduced our TCIR by 49 percent.

Number of total incidents per 100 full-time employees

Days Away from Work Injury and Illness (DAFWII) measures an injury or illness that involves one or more days away from work. In 2012, the DAFWII rate at Hormel Foods was 0.6. This is 50 percent lower than the BLS industry average of 1.2. Since 2006, we have reduced our DAFWII rate by 33 percent.

Number of total incidents per 100 full-time employees
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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 2012, our DART rate was 3.0. This is 30 percent lower than the BLS industry average of 4.3. Since 2006, we have reduced our DART rate by 42 percent.

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Safety Training

Hormel Foods conducts safety training for an average of 15,025 employees and supervisors in our locations each month, and completes more than 891 safety assessments each month companywide. In 2012, Hormel Foods conducted an average of 6,937 lockout-tagout (LOTO) inspections per quarter, and held monthly, companywide safety conference calls with plant safety personnel.

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In 2012, Hormel Foods conducted an average of 6,937 lockout-tagout (LOTO) inspections per quarter and we held monthly, companywide safety conference calls with plant safety personnel.

Hormel Foods conducts safety training for an average of 15,025 employees and supervisors in our plants each month.

We complete more than 891 safety assessments each month in our plants.

Industry-Recognized Safety

Our meat processing plants annually receive recognition for their outstanding safety performance from the American Meat Institute (AMI). The National Safety Council, a non-government, not-for-profit public service organization, develops and administers the program for the AMI Foundation.

In 2012, the AMI Foundation's Safety Recognition Award Program recognized Hormel Foods with 16 awards. Locations receiving prestigious safety awards included: