Employee Safety and Well-Being

Indicator Definition

The implementation of safety programs and training to provide a safe workplace and help to prevent workplace accidents and injuries associated with production, processing, and distribution of beef and the relative prosperity of workers employed in those activities.

Why is this indicator important to the cow-calf sector?

Protection and improvement of employee safety and well-being is of paramount importance to the operation’s viability. These procedures will not only protect the employee, but, if done properly, will improve the health and welfare of the animal as well.

Metric

Are all individuals who are involved in the operation trained in stockmanship and safety, and implementing these practices on the farm or ranch?

Why did we choose this metric?

Training plays a key role in making sure everyone in an operation is following the same procedures for employee safety and well-being, as well as animal health and well-being. If employees are not trained and procedures for stockmanship and safety are not properly implemented, risk of injury or death to an operation’s employees is elevated. Increasing the number of farms and ranches in the U.S. who train their employees regarding stockmanship and safety can help prevent workplace accidents and injuries associated with production and transport of cattle. It can also improve animal health and well-being on that operation.

Desired Outcome

The following improved employee safety and well-being sustainability outcomes can be realized if an operation has trained employees who are implementing proper stockmanship and safety procedures:

  • Reduced injury to employees and animals
  • Reduced employee turnover
  • Reduced stress in cattle

Why do these outcomes matter?

Adopting principles of good stockmanship and safety procedures on the ranch improves not only the safety and well-being of farm/ranch workers by reducing injury and providing confidence and pride in their work, but trained employees using these practices reduce cattle stress and injuries, thereby improving the health and well-being of the animal.

Success Criteria

Proportion of U.S. cow-calf producers who are involved in the operation trained and practices implemented with regard to stockmanship and safety on the farm or ranch.

How does this metric continuously improve beef sustainability?

Increasing the number of farms and ranches in the U.S. who train their employees in regards to stockmanship and safety can help prevent workplace accidents and injuries associated with production and transport of cattle.

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