Wisconsin Facility Honored by Joint Industry Poultry Safety & Health Council
St. Cloud, Minn. (October 5, 2016)—GNP Company®, the Midwest’s leading chicken producer of the Gold’n Plump® and Just BARE®chicken brands, was nationally recognized by the Joint Poultry Industry Safety & Health Council for its exemplary team member safety program. Arcadia team members were honored during an internal recognition lunch on Tuesday for GNP Company’s Arcadia, Wis., feed mill facility that received the Safety Award of Distinction, which is the Council’s highest honor. This is the fifth safety award in six years for the Arcadia feed mill and its fourth consecutive highest honor—the safety Award of Distinction—from the Council.
According to Kari Waters, corporate health & safety manager for GNP Company, award consideration was based on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) metrics over the last three years. This includes recordable incidents and those that resulted in days away from work; days that restricted work; or those that resulted in being transferred to another area. Award consideration was also based on a written explanation of the facility’s safety programs and safety success.
“At the time of applying for this safety award, the feed mill’s last OSHA recordable incident was over six years ago, and the last lost time incident was over eight years ago,” Waters stated. “This notable achievement is a testament to the commitment of our leadership team and team members to safety as a core value and to creating a safe work environment.”
GNP Company continually seeks to improve its safety processes by developing a culture that engages and involves all team members. Examples of GNP Company’s safety programs include regular meetings on safety topics, safety training, and team member participation in the safety process, including identification of potential hazards, near miss reporting, and safety recognition.
The Arcadia feed mill team is made up of approximately 14 full-time and 10 part-time team members. Twenty-five percent of team members working at the Arcadia facility have been with the company for more than 20 years. “Our safety and health strategies focus on a proactive approach that actively calls upon team members to participate in the safety process, and to improve safety performance and processes on a daily basis,” said Waters. “Our team members’ commitment to safety has resulted in notable achievements for the Arcadia feed mill facility that we at GNP Company are incredibly proud of.”