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WASHINGTON– The International Dairy Foods Association is participating in Safe and Sound Week, a nationwide event held each August by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that recognizes the success of workplace safety and health programs. In 2019, IDFA is highlighting the dairy industry’s year-round culture of safety that keeps nearly 1 million employees safe and healthy on the job.

“Safety isn’t just something you talk about one week per
year and expect to see results,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and
CEO. “The dairy industry puts in the hours and effort every day to make safety
a priority and part of our workplace culture. Dairy companies continually go
above and beyond to implement innovative and proactive approaches to workplace
safety.”

Statistics gathered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics demonstrate
the dairy industry’s commitment to continuously improving safety in dairy
facilities. The dairy industry, as a whole and as individual industries of
fluid milk, cheese, dry, condensed and evaporated milk, ice cream and frozen
desserts, and general freight trucking, has consistently decreased its total
recordable case (TRC) rates of occupational injuries or illness over the past
10 years. The dairy product manufacturing industry as a whole has nearly halved
its TRC rate, falling from 9.4 injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers
in 2004 to 4.9 injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in 2017.

This past June, IDFA recognized 45 dairy companies for their
outstanding achievements in worker safety in 2018 with the IDFA Dairy Industry
Safety Recognition Award. Each company applied by detailing their occupational
injury and illness performance rates as well as a providing a narrative essay
on safety efforts at the facility. Evaluations and awards were based on a
review of injury and illness statistics from OSHA and overall efforts to ensure
a safe workplace.

The award program includes categories for both processing
facilities and trucking operations in the dairy industry. IDFA made 41 awards
for outstanding facility safety and 7 companies received the Most Improved
Facility award, which is based on significant decreases in recordable-injury
cases and the rate of days away from work, restrictions and transfers (DART)
for each of the last two years when compared to all other facilities that
applied. IDFA also recognized 4 trucking operations for their outstanding
safety records and programs. See
the complete list of winners.

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The International Dairy Foods Association
(IDFA), Washington, D.C., represents the nation’s dairy manufacturing and
marketing industry, which supports more than 3 million jobs that generate $159
billion in wages and $620 billion in overall economic impact. IDFA’s diverse
membership ranges from multinational organizations to single-plant companies,
from dairy companies and cooperatives to food retailers and suppliers, all on
the cutting edge of innovation and sustainable business practices. Together,
they represent 90 percent of the milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt and cultured
products, and dairy ingredients produced and marketed in the United States and
sold throughout the world. Delicious, safe and nutritious, dairy foods offer
unparalleled health and consumer benefits to people of all ages.



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