Worker Health and Safety
Keeping Employees as Safe and Healthy as Possible
We approach our workers’ safety and work environment as if they were family – because they are. Each year, our company’s significant safety accomplishments are recognized by industry associations. And each year, we set the bar even higher, because without healthy, safe employees our company cannot fulfill our obligations to keep people fed.
Worker Health and Safety Highlights and Achievements
The health and safety of our Smithfield employees has always been paramount in our ability to feed people across the United States and around the world, to support the farmers and partners in the agricultural supply chain and to be a successful business.
We pivoted quickly in the early months of 2020 to address the new challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our response focused on two things: keeping our employees healthy and safe while fulfilling our obligation as an Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce to secure and maintain the food supply.
Our Goals And Targets
Our Approach to Worker Health and Safety
Our global health and safety program, SIPS, is designed to drive health and safety improvements across our company with the new goal of achieving companywide ISO 45001 certification by 2025. We implemented SIPS in 2018 and completed audits of all Smithfield facilities in 2019 to ensure the effective and consistent operation of our safety management system. In 2021, we aim to fine-tune facility operations to increase the system’s effectiveness, continue to embed a safety culture and continue to drive down safety incident rates.
The success of our health and safety programs is underpinned by our safety engagement culture. We measure safety engagement based on employees who voluntarily go above and beyond job-related safety requirements and training, for example, by serving on a health and safety team or completing training that is not part of normal job responsibility, such as First Aid/CPR training. In 2020, we engaged more than 47% of employees in safety activities, surpassing our target of 40%, and were on par with 2019 in the United States and Poland and ahead in Romania where employee engagement in safety training topped 53%. We are confident we can continuously improve employee safety engagement to reach our new 2025 target of 50% engagement across all our operations.
We also provide comprehensive employee training through Smithfield University’s safety-related online courses. In 2020, more than 7,800 safety-training modules were completed by U.S. employees on worker safety-related topics, fewer than in 2019 — a consequence, we believe, of our collective focus on pandemic safety.
In 2020, OSHA metrics were on par or down compared to 2019. In addition, OSHA inspections doubled compared to 2019. While citations were down year over year, penalties increased by 50%.
Worker Health and Safety Spotlights
The health and safety of our Smithfield employees has always been paramount in our ability to feed people across the United States and around the world, to support the farmers and partners in the agricultural supply chain, and to be a successful business.