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2017 Report
Our Food Journey™
Safety Assessments Each Month

We completed more than 1,000 safety assessments each month companywide.

Hormel Foods is known for its award-winning safety program.

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.

One example of how Hormel Foods instills the principles of safety into everyday operations is through the creation of our Safety Awareness Mascot (SAM). The Hormel Foods safety department introduced SAM in 2015 to brand the safety process and increase employee understanding of the company’s safety principles. Hormel Foods also holds a biennial safety conference for its safety managers from across the country, and has a Safety Elite recognition program that recognizes locations that have achieved superior performance.

Injury/Illness Rates

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

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 2017, the TCIR at Hormel Foods was 2.72, which is better than the BLS industry average of 5.3.

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 2017, the DAFWII rate at Hormel Foods was 0.58, which is better than the BLS industry average of 1.

Days Away, Restricted Or Transfer – Days Away, Restricted or Transfer (DART) measures the days an employee has restricted work activity or job transfer, or both. In 2017, our DART rate was 1.87, which is better than the BLS industry average of 3.8.

Description 2016 2017
TCIR 3.11 2.72
DAFWII 0.64 0.58
DART 2.24 1.87
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Safety Training

Hormel Foods conducts safety training for an average of 15,524 employees in our locations every month, and completes more than 1,000 safety assessments each month companywide. In 2017, Hormel Foods conducted an average of 7,255 lockout-tagout (LOTO) inspections per quarter and held semi-monthly companywide safety conference calls with plant safety personnel.

Lockout-Tagout Inspections
per quarter