Hormel Foods is known for its award-winning safety programs. Our dedicated corporate safety department develops and administers companywide policies to ensure the safety of each employee and compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. The corporate safety department also conducts annual audits of our manufacturing plants to ensure compliance with company safety policies.

One example of how Hormel Foods instills the principles of safety into everyday operations is through the creation of the Safety Awareness Mascot (SAM).The Hormel Foods safety department introduced SAM in 2015 to brand the safety process and increase employee understanding of the company's safety principles.

Illness/Injury RatesOur commitment to safety is evidenced by our injury/illness incident rates, which are better than the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) industry average for North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) 3116 Animal Slaughtering and Processing.

Total Case Incident Rate1


OSHA calculates the Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR) as the number of OSHA recordable incidents multiplied by 200,000 hours and divided by the total hours worked that year. In 2015, the TCIR at Hormel Foods of 3.2 indicated we performed better than the BLS industry average for TCIR. Since 2006, we have reduced our TCIR by 64.6%.

Injury and Illness1


Days Away from Work Injury and Illness (DAFWII) measures an injury or illness that involves one or more days away from work. In 2015, the DAFWII rate at Hormel Foods of 0.5 indicated we performed better than the BLS industry average. Since 2006, we have reduced our DAFWII rate by 45.6%.

Restricted Work or Job Transfer1


Days Away, Restricted or Transfer (DART) measures the days an employee has restricted work activity or job transfer, or both. In 2015, our DART rate was 2.2, which means we performed better than the BLS industry average. Since 2006, we have reduced our DART rate by 57.5%.

1Fiscal year 2015 calculations include corporate and sales employees to more accurately reflect our rates and to be consistent with how other companies report their rates.

Safety TrainingHormel Foods conducts safety training for an average of 16,908 employees in our locations every month, and completes more than 1,106 safety assessments each month companywide. In 2015, Hormel Foods conducted an average of 7,322 lockout-tagout (LOTO) inspections per quarter, and held semi-monthly companywide safety conference calls with plant safety personnel.



Safety Training

Safety Training

Safety Assessments

Safety Assessment

Industry-Recognized SafetyOur meat processing plants annually receive recognition for their safety performance from the North American Meat Institute (NAMI). The National Safety Council, a non-government, not-for-profit public service organization, develops and administers the program for the NAMI Foundation.


In 2015, the NAMI Foundation’s Safety Recognition Award Program recognized Hormel Foods with 26 awards.