The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council this week awarded dozens of workplace safety awards to various Perdue Farms facilities, which were announced at the 2022 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry in Destin, FL.

Specifically, the Council awarded nine of Perdue’s facilities its highest honor, an Award of Distinction, for consistently implementing innovative and effective workplace safety health processes and systems. The Council also announced that their Award of Honor was given to nine additional Perdue facilities and their Award of Merit to fifteen other Perdue facilities.

“Workplace safety is an absolute at Perdue, including an unwavering commitment from management and an ongoing safety culture that engages all associates in maintaining a safe workplace environment,” Perdue Farms CEO Randy Day said in a press release. “Each year, we set goals around people, products, planet, and profitability and we always put people first in that equation. We believe there’s nothing more important than creating a safe, supportive, and healthy work environment where our associates can be successful and return safely to their families at the end of the workday.”

The facilities that earned the Award of Distinction, which requires that these facilities maintain their Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety metrics (Total Recordable Incident Rate; Days Away, Restricted, or Transferred; and Lost Work Day Incident Rate) at levels at least 50 percent better than industry average for three consecutive years, include:

Concord, NC

Lewiston, NC

Rockingham, NC

Bridgewater, VA

Monterey, TN

Georgetown, DE

Salisbury, MD (feed mill)

Hardford, KY (growout)

Forsyth, GA (growout)

The facilities that earned the Award of Merit, which requires that these facilities maintain their OSHA safety metrics at least 25 percent better than the industry for at least two consecutive years, include:

Accomac, VA

Perry, GA

Salisbury, MD (growout)

Laurel, DE (growout)

Princess Anne, MD (research farm)

Baker, WV (breeder)

Kentucky (breeder)

Western North Carolina (breeder)

Thorntown, IN (breeder)

Burlington, WA (feed mill)

Hurlock, MD (feed mill)

Washington, IN (feed mill)

Nashville, NC (feed mill)

Halifax, NC (hatchery)

Murfreesboro, NC (hatchery)

Award consideration was based on injury statistics over three years and an evaluation of written applications by an independent panel of judges.

The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council consists of members from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation. Collectively, the three organizations represent companies that produce 95 percent of the nation’s poultry products and directly employ more than 350,000 workers.