10 ways to promote safety for people, products and planet
Written by Cargill
We are grateful and proud to be recognized as a finalist for the 2019 BC Food & Beverage Award in the People First category.
At Cargill, the safety and well-being of all our employees is our top priority. So we are particularly honored to be acknowledged in this category. It is a testament to the quality of our safety programs – but most of all a recognition of our dedicated employees who demonstrate safety every day.
Of course, a strong safety culture doesn’t build itself.
It starts with Cargill’s number one goal: everyone lives safely. We believe no job is so important that it can't be done safely. We are committed to being a safe and responsible employer, strengthening local communities and helping them thrive. And as a leading salmon feed producer, food safety is fundamental to our business.
Building a complete safety culture is a journey that requires everyone’s participation. Here are ten ways Cargill’s Canada business works to improve safety for our products, people and communities.
Promoting aquaculture best practices by attaining certifications to recognized programs
Third-party certification gives consumers the assurance that the seafood they buy lives up to expected high standards of food safety and sustainability. Our eight certifications demonstrate compliance with local and global standards covering people safety, food safety and environmental safety. Achieving a 100 % score on the Occupational Safety Standard of Excellence (OSSE) audit for three consecutive years demonstrates safety excellence throughout our organization.
Going above and beyond the required safe product regulations
As a trusted supplier of aquafeed, we have stringent procedures in place to manage food safety, quality and regulatory issues. Our food safety and quality management systems are based on legal requirements and global standards, such as ISO 9001, ISO 22000 and Global Aquaculture Alliance Best Aquaculture Practices. By providing superior quality fish feed we ensure that farmed fish is always healthy and safe to eat.
- Workplace safety through LIFESavers program (Life-altering Injury and Fatality Elimination)
Cargill has identified the 12 activities with the highest risk of injury hidden in our tasks and workplace. We implement Inspections and observations of these activities, along with additional controls. Cargill also provides regular safety reminders and training on these activities using ‘Toolbox’ meetings, TV slideshows, posters, emails and daily shift meetings.
- Truck Driver Appreciation Week
We hold regular discussions with truck drivers regarding site safety, sharing best practices from other facilities and truck driver knowledge.
- Safety Rally for Zero: A facility-wide event to ensure zero harm
Our facility brought in an outside trainer to promote the safety culture on site. Different departments participated in group activities on administrative controls, engineering controls and personal protective equipment. We also reduced our average ‘time-lost’ injuries from 10 per year in 2001-2010, to only 1 per year in 2011-2018.
Our facility safety permits require higher levels of control and training than industry standards.
- Water recycling and sewer water discharge quality improvement program
We aim to reduce our sewer discharge volume, along with improving its quality before entering the municipal sewer treatment facility. We accomplish this by treating and recycling the water back into our facility – which also helps us consume less fresh water.
- Clean & Efficient Equipment
We always aim to install the cleanest and most energy efficient equipment in our facility. All new equipment considerations are made with the environment in mind. The new dryers we plan on installing, for example, aim to be significantly more efficient than the ones they will replace.
- Strategic Energy Management Program
We work with an energy management consultant and provincial utilities company to improve the energy efficiency of our whole facility (both natural gas and electricity usage). We implement small- and large-scale projects, from improving lightbulbs to upgrading major equipment.
- Community engagement
As a company, we give a portion of our profits back to the community. We also perform regular community work, performing 350 hours of volunteering a year.
Join us on September 17th at the BCFPA’s BC Food and Beverage Awards Gala! It’s an amazing evening of great food, networking, and most importantly – a celebration of the ‘best of the best’ in BC’s food and beverage processing industry at the Westin Bayshore Hotel.
Enjoy a gourmet dinner created exclusively for this event crafted with locally sourced food and drinks as we celebrate the companies, products, and leaders who have truly made an impact over the past year. We’ve got an amazing group of finalists for this year’s awards, and an absolute highlight is hearing their stories firsthand. With an expected attendance of 500 industry leaders and stakeholders, MC’d by Top Chef Canada’s Mijune Pak and celebrity socialite Fred Lee hosting the red carpet, this is the industry event you won’t want to miss!
This is your night to celebrate your success, and support the BCFPA. Please consider purchasing a table and invite your staff, customer and/or clients to join in the celebration with you!
Get your tickets before September 3rd: https://bcfpa.ca/events/bc-food-and-beverage-awards-gala-2019