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Our Food Journey™ 2020 Report
Safety Award

We opened a state-of-the-art health center for our team members and took prudent action to protect our workforce throughout the pandemic.

Our constant focus on the safety, health and wellness of our team members is a top priority for the company.

Team Members
received safety training
Safety Award
Robust Safety Program
Team Members
served through state-of-the-art health center

COVID-19 Safety Efforts

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly all of our team members who worked in an office setting were able to work remotely; however, because we are an essential business, our production professionals needed to continue to come into our facilities to produce products to help feed the world. Our company’s Event Evaluation Committee, consisting of senior leaders, along with our risk management, operations and human resources teams, worked collaboratively to identify and mitigate risks, and develop processes to continue to provide a safe, secure working environment.

From the very beginning, we were proactive in communicating often to our team members to ensure they knew it was OK, and encouraged, to stay home when feeling unwell. We provided educational materials and were transparent about our efforts through our KEEP COVID OUT! campaign, implemented a pay protection program to provide paid leave and benefits to any team members who were feeling unwell, quarantined due to close contact or who tested positive for COVID-19, and paid more than $11 million in special cash bonuses to our production professionals. We also held several town halls about COVID-19 for all of our team members with health care experts from the Mayo Clinic.

In addition to our high level of cleaning and sanitizing as part of our routine operations, we implemented further enhanced sanitation procedures in all high-traffic and high-touch areas. Under the guidance of health care professionals, we also took our team members’ temperatures and implemented daily wellness screenings prior to entering our facilities.

Most of our locations have on-site nurses who are available to answer questions, consult and advise team members. We provided information to help our team members get access to local testing for COVID-19. Social distancing was implemented in our production facilities by having staggered start times, staggered break times and spreading out team members during breaks by using areas outside of the normal cafeteria spaces. We also provided access to masks and personal protective face coverings in our production facilities, providing further protections for our teams. Additional information about our efforts to keep our team members safe throughout the pandemic can be found on our corporate website and in the video below.

Injury/Illness Rates

Our dedicated corporate safety department develops and administers companywide policies to ensure the safety of our team members and compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. These policies also apply to our suppliers, contractors and visitors while they are at our facilities. The corporate safety department also conducts regular audits of our production facilities to ensure compliance with company safety policies.

One example of how Hormel Foods instills the principles of safety into everyday operations is through our Safety Awareness Mascot (SAM), who is featured in safety communications. The Hormel Foods safety department introduced SAM to brand the safety process and increase understanding of the company’s safety principles. Hormel Foods also provides safety training, holds a biennial safety conference for its safety managers from across the country and has a Safety Elite recognition program that honors locations that have achieved superior performance.

Our goal is to provide a safe workplace for all team members and reduce our injury/illness rates each year. We consistently perform better than the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) industry average for North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) 3116 Animal Slaughtering and Processing for our injury/illness incident rates.

Total Case Incident Rate – 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 2020, the TCIR at Hormel Foods was 2.6, which is better than the BLS industry average of 4.3.

Days Away From Work Injury And Illness – Days Away from Work Injury and Illness (DAFWII) measures an injury or illness that involves one or more days away from work. In 2020, the DAFWII rate at Hormel Foods was 0.6, which is better than the BLS industry average of 1.

Days Away, Restricted Or Transfer – Days Away, Restricted or Transfer (DART) measures the days a team member has restricted work activity or job transfer, or both. In 2020, our DART rate was 1.7, which is better than the BLS industry average of 3.

Description 2019 2020
TCIR 2.6 2.6
DAFWII 0.5 0.6
DART 1.8 1.7
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Safety Training

Hormel Foods conducts safety training for an average of 14,818 team members in our locations every month and completes approximately 1,000 safety assessments each month companywide. In 2020, Hormel Foods conducted an average of 7,450 lockout-tagout (LOTO) inspections per quarter and held semimonthly companywide safety conference calls with plant safety personnel.

Health and Wellness

We recognize that our team members perform best when they are healthy, and that optimal performance is necessary for us to achieve our Key Results. In addition to our health care benefits package, our Inspired Health program aims to cultivate and maintain a culture of health and wellness that is focused on encouraging and empowering team members to make healthy lifestyle choices through awareness, prevention and positive health behavior changes. This program includes biometric screenings, on-site fitness centers and fitness center discounts, an online health university with robust information and resources, a tobacco cessation program, wellness challenges, confidential health and wellness support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and more. Due to COVID-19, we were unable to provide biometric screenings in 2020; however, we offered an alternative to our team members to continue to promote health and wellness.

In addition, in 2020 we opened a state-of-the-art health center for our team members, close to our global headquarters and flagship production facility in Austin, Minn. In partnership with Premise Health, which operates the facility, the clinic improves access to high-quality, affordable health care for our team members and their dependent family members. The health center builds on the existing relationship between Hormel Foods and the renowned Mayo Clinic. With the dedicated health center and additional resources provided by Mayo Clinic, such as radiology and specialty service referrals for areas like cardiology, orthopedics, dermatology and behavioral health, team members and their dependents have full access to care when they need it. In total, this health center serves approximately 4,700 eligible individuals on the company’s health plans, including team members, their dependents ages 2 and older, and retirees under the age of 65. Additional information about our new health center can be found here.