In this industry, we talk a lot about food safety and protecting consumers from food contamination, but a corporate culture that values safety should include discussion and procedures for ensuring worker safety as well. According to Food Processing magazine, 46 food and beverage workers died in 2013 and nearly 77,000 were injured due to workplace accidents. That article also outlines several practical suggestions for preventing on-the-job injuries.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers an online tool that helps employers assess the financial benefits of creating workplace safety programs, and several studies have shown a link between safety programs and decreased business costs. OSHA also offers free safety consultations to small and medium-sized businesses across the country. WPS also offers food plant OSHA compliance audits and we can help you mitigate both worker and food safety risks in your food or beverage production line.