Cargill Turkey Production is celebrating its new status as a Star in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Voluntary Protection Program. Cargill Turkey Production is a part of Cargill Meat Solutions, which is based in Wichita.
The OSHA safety programs are designed to recognize and promote effective safety and health management. In the Voluntary Protection Program, management, labor and OSHA establish a cooperative relationship at a workplace to implement safety programs. The Star program is designed for worksites with exemplary health and safety programs that go beyond the minimum regulatory requirements established by OSHA.
The Hatchery has 44 employees and the capacity to hatch more than 17 million poults per year. The poults are placed on farms in Virginia, North and South Carolina, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
The VPP process includes 19 requirements in which employers must demonstrate that they have programs in place to effectively identify, evaluate, prevent, and control occupational hazards. The facility's injury incident rate must also be below the industry average. More information on VPP and the Star site status can be found at www.osha.gov.