GNP Company™, the Midwest’s leading chicken producer of the Gold’n Plump® and Just BARE® chicken brands, was recently recognized by the Joint Poultry Industry Safety & Health Council for its exemplary team member safety program. GNP Company’s Arcadia, WI, feed mill facility earned the Safety Award of Distinction, which is the Council’s highest honor. This is the fourth safety award in five years for the Arcadia feed mill and its third 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 criteria set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which included 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 over the last three years. Award consideration was also based on a written explanation of the facility’s safety programs and safety success.
“The feed mill’s last OSHA recordable incident was 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 20 full-time and nine part-time team members. More than 25 percent of team members working at the Arcadia facility have been with the company for more than 20 years. Team members were honored during a recognition lunch on September 16 and interviewed to help share safety best practices with other team members across integrated operations.
“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.”