The Safety Recognition Award Program, sponsored by AMIF and administered by the National Safety Council, rates meat and poultry facilities on a combination of two factors: annual improvements in workplace illness and injury rates, as reported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the quality of a facility’s safety and health program, as determined through a questionnaire. The questionnaire focuses on four key areas: management commitment and employee involvement; worksite analysis and hazard prevention; safety and health training; and ergonomics.
This year, of the 169 facilities that participated, 90 percent qualified for some level of award. The breakdown of 1997 award recipients by category is as follows:
Award of Honor 48 (32%)
Award of Merit 26 (17%)
Award of Commendation 28 (18%)
President’s Citation 49 (33%)
In addition, this year’s program marked the second year in which the Golden Star Award was presented. Designed to recognize those facilities which achieve excellent safety performance in a single year, the Golden Star was awarded to nine facilities this year.
“AMI is proud to recognize the many meat and poultry facilities that are dedicated to improving the safety and health of their employees,” said AMI President J. Patrick Boyle. “I congratulate all participants for their efforts in this important endeavor.”
The AMI Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to research, education and information that benefit the meat and poultry industry. Originally created in 1944, the AMI Foundation today solicits grants from government, industry and other organizations to fund a broad range of food safety, worker safety, nutrition and consumer information projects.
AMI represents the interests of packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their suppliers throughout North America. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute provides legislative, regulatory and public relations services, conducts scientific and economic research, offers marketing and technical assistance and sponsors education programs.