No matter the type of business, all organizations understand that there is the possibility of a workplace accident. Employees are exposed to a variety of hazards, from dangerous machinery to stress. There are various reasons why having effective workplace health and safety systems in place is important. Ensuring a safe work environment reduces costs associated with lost-time injuries, ensures legal requirements are met and provides employees with a workplace culture that respects and protects their well-being. Ensuring the health and safety of our employees is our top priority, and it goes beyond social responsibility — it also makes good business sense.
Campbell takes an active approach toward ensuring that its employees are provided with a safe and healthy working environment. A decade ago, Campbell created the Global Safety Leadership Team to develop and implement our Global Safety Strategic Plan. The plan aims to reduce injuries across Campbell and to deliver world-class safety results. Our Safety Leadership Team establishes direction and provides leadership in executing the plan, which includes:
The development and implementation of global safety standards, including technology and online tools that help communicate safety measures clearly and consistently to our global workforce;
Annual regional safety conferences to share best practices and develop local safety teams;
Annually conducting three-day safety audits at our manufacturing locations, focusing on programs, conditions and behaviors; and
Safety recognition at Global Leadership Team meetings and through our global Greatness Awards.
To ensure safety in the workplace, our employees must be fully engaged and trained in appropriate safety procedures. Safety systems are embedded into manufacturing plant operations through employee engagement initiatives, safety training and procedures, such as our Daily Direction Setting (DDS) process. Each region within the Campbell organization conducts an annual health and safety conference to build awareness and strengthen the ties between operational safety and workplace wellness.
Campbell’s safety focus has allowed us to exceed industry benchmarks for several years. According to the Bureau of Labor statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, through 2012 our industry averaged 1.1 lost-time incidents for every 200,000 hours worked. In FY2015, however, Campbell’s rate was only 0.29. In addition, Campbell’s occupational injury and illness frequency rate per 200,000 hours was 1.95 in FY2015, whereas the industry average for the 2012 data year was 5.4.
Recognizing Safety Achievements
Beyond tracking and improving injury and illness rates, Campbell recognizes employees and teams when they reach important safety milestones. Our Safety Flag Program recognizes Campbell facilities where safety systems have kept employees free of lost-time injuries for at least one year, or more than one million work hours. Today, eight of Campbell’s 25 manufacturing sites proudly fly the Safety Flag, many with gold Campbell “C”s added for reaching additional million-hour milestones. Additionally, Campbell’s Global Safety Excellence Award recognizes up to four Campbell facilities each year for their ongoing efforts to ingrain workplace safety into their cultures. Plants are evaluated based on a number of criteria, and the winning facilities are recognized each year in June as part of National Safety Month. The FY2015 winning plant was Maxton, North Carolina.