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 packer and processor sector?

The continued improvement of employee safety and well-being is a critical component to a sustainable packer and processor operation. While the industry has worked diligently to provide safe working conditions and reduce injury rates, there is still opportunity for improvement.

Metrics

Level 1 – Does the company have a documented employee safety and well-being program that engages front-line employees and leadership?

Level 2 – Does the company track employee injury rates (TRIR)?

Level 3 – Does the company track trends on TRIR and reference rates against the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) industry standard rate to set goals for the upcoming year? Does the company participate in partnerships, initiatives, or programs to further advance employee safety and well-being?

Why did we choose these metrics?

While the industry has worked diligently to provide safe working conditions and reduce injury rates, there is always opportunity for improvement. Providing a safe workplace has rewards for both the employee and the employer and can be seen in improved morale, increased productivity, reduced costs, and less absenteeism. The well-being of all people within the beef value chain is important, within the packer processor sector it is especially critical due to the nature of the work and the hazards present.

Desired Outcomes

When facilities and companies have plans that address the employee safety and well-being metrics, results of the programs improve sustainability outcomes in this area. Improved outcomes include:

  • Reduction in employee injuries in plants and operations
  • Improvement in safety planning and culture
  • Increased understanding of issues surrounding employee safety and the associated risks for meat packers and processors
  • Improvement in collaboration across the value chain on employee safety issues

Why do these outcomes matter?

Packers and processors have a responsibility to their employees to foster a safe and healthy work environment.

Success Criteria

1.   Continuous increase in number of facilities implementing and utilizing formal safety programs
2.   Reduction in TRIR for participating companies
3.   Increase in number of companies and facilities tracking incident rates, using historical injury data to evaluate safety program optimization strategies, setting goals to continue to improve safety results, and increase sharing of best practices regarding injury reduction programs

How does this metric continuously improve beef sustainability?

The well-being of all people within the beef supply chain is important, within the packer processor sector it is especially critical due to the nature of the work and the hazards present.

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