Five Monsanto sites and one overall recognition for the company have been given in the area of occupational safety performance.
The Soda Springs Plant—after one year without experiencing an injury—received the following message from Dean Ikeda, OSHA Regional Administrator, Seattle: “OSHA congratulates Monsanto for operating the past year without a recordable injury or illness. As a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP ) Star, this site has demonstrated that a systematic approach to safety with direct employee involvement can significantly reduce hazards, and improve overall performance.”
The Muscatine, Iowa, manufacturing facility was recognized for working with the Chemical Sector Specific Agency in educating and partnering with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to protect the U.S. chemical industry.
The Kearney, Nebraska, site received the Governor’s Wellness Award in recognition of growing the seeds of wellness by providing programs and services for employees.
The Philippines Corn Breeding team received a Safety Milestone — or “SMILE ”— A ward from the Philippines Department of Labor and Employment. The award is presented through the Bureau of Working Conditions and is given to companies that operate for a specified period of time without experiencing a lost-time injury incident among employees.
Union Pacific Railroad awarded Monsanto the 2011 Annual Pinnacle Award which recognizes Union Pacific customers that implement successful prevention and corrective plans to achieve a rate of zero non-accident releases (NARs) for shipments of regulated hazardous materials. Monsanto is one of only 79 companies so recognized.
The Chemical Industry Council of Malaysia recognized the Pasir Gudang, Malaysia, manufacturing plant for outstanding performance with the Responsible Care® Gold and Platinum Awards for employee safety, health and process safety.
This article was excerpted from Monsanto’s 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report. The full report is available on Monsanto.com.