Q. What are some of the top
plant safety and security measures
every food company should have
A. Smith: Some of the top
safety priorities at Jack Link’s
focus around ensuring the safety
of our team members, customers
and partners. In order to achieve a
world-class, safe culture, all team
members must be responsible for,
and involved in practicing safety on
a daily basis. This is being achieved
at Jack Link’s by eliminating hazards in the workplace, teaching team
members to practice safe behaviors,
observing and coaching them and
providing feedback and suggestions
for program improvements.
Dowding: Leading food and bev-
Q. What challenges do food
erage manufacturers have evolved
beyond incident rate metrics to
comprehensive internal auditing
to assess all aspects of their safety
and security program. An auditing
assessment program should be a
part of a food company’s continu-
ous improvement plan to identify
and improve lagging aspects the
comprehensive plant safety and
manufacturers face in regards to
plant safety and security?
A. Smith: Effective communication and employee engagement can pose a challenge to
companies in the U.S. that have a
dynamic workforce, made up of
many languages and cultures. At
Jack Link’s, we make sure all team
members understand policies, procedures, and are able to communicate effectively with their supervisors and managers. All of these
factors are key to overall safety,
quality and productivity.
Dowding: (The) largest challenge
Q. What are some emerging
and concern of food manufacturers
when it comes to plant safety and
security is employees bringing
personal issues into the workplace.
It is difficult to anticipate and mit-
igate when an employee’s personal
situation could manifest itself in
the workplace (and) compromise
the safe and secure environment,
as well as food safety.
trends and solutions when it comes
to plant safety and security?
A. Smith: Many companies
work diligently to improve the
learning and training experience for
new and existing team members
through interactive, scenario-based
learning activities. Whether this
occurs through traditional classroom learning or hands-on learning,
building the quality of the educational experience through seeing,
hearing and practicing is something
many companies use as a tool to
improve plant safety and security.
With Terry Smith, Executive Vice
President of Operations, Jack Link’s Beef
Jerky, and Kip Dowding, Manager, A.T.
Kearney’s Strategic Operations Practice
Food Manufacturing spoke with Terry Smith and Kip Dowding to discuss
trends and topics related to plant safety and security in the food manufacturing industry.
Interview by Jesse Osborne, Editor