An unyielding commitment to safety
The clearest demonstration of our respect for our employees, contractors, suppliers, partners, customers and neighbors is an unyielding commitment to safety. To ensure that our employees have a safe and healthy workplace, we implement various programs and operate around a set of five-year goals to monitor our progress and adapt new safety practices.
In 2014 we have 70 percent of our facilities at zero injuries among employees and contractors, and our Reportable Injury Frequency Rate (RIFR) – the number of injuries per 200,000 hours worked – is at 2.3. While we are not satisfied with anything over 0 and are continuously driving to a zero-injury environment, we are still proud of our decreased RIFR from the high ten years ago of above 7.0.
Our results are directly related to our implementation of LIFE and BBS (described below) as well as our focus on SIF – Serious Injury and Fatality. Every incident and near miss is analyzed and looked at to see how it could’ve been worse and resulted in a SIF. We then put actions and preventative measures in place to stop these serious incidents before they even take place. Each and every one of these incidents and near misses is shared business unit wide, driving safety improvements across Cargill Malt worldwide.
Stopping safety issues and embedding a safety-first culture is how we’ve achieved our significant improvement and how we continue to drive to zero injuries.
Workplace safety through LIFE (Life-altering Injury and Fatality Elimination)
Cargill is enhancing its safety programming through a new approach called Focus on LIFE (Life-altering Injury and Fatality Elimination). The program is aimed at identifying and addressing life-threatening dangers hidden in our tasks and workplace. The company is enhancing work activity interventions, reducing human errors, strengthening its incident investigations, and improving how its measures safety incidents.
Workplace safety through behavior-based safety (BBS) systems
We deploy behavior-based safety (BBS) systems to locations to build even greater awareness and ownership of safety among employees. Since its introduction several years ago, Cargill Malt’s safety index has dropped to less than one-tenth of its score previous to BBS. BBS has resulted in:
- An increase in safety awareness and engagement in safety behaviors
- Recognition of positive safety behaviors and elimination of barriers to working safely
- Embedding safety into our everyday culture
- A refined focus on safety as the number one priority above all else