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LOGO - ABA Recognition Program FINALWhat You Need to Know About the ABA Safety Recognition Program 

The ABA has established a safety recognition program for its members. The purpose of this program is to recognize individual ABA Member or Allied Co. sites who excel in safety. This program also intends to increase workplace safety awareness and emphasize the importance of employee safety in the baking industry.

Participation in the ABA Safety Recognition Program is open to members of the ABA. Members participating in the recognition program will compete with other members of the same size with respect to number of employees. Categories will be defined as small, medium and large depending upon number of employees. Each participating facility will submit their incident rates annually, which will identify the top companies in each ABA Member or Allied Co. size category.

Award criteria is based on the evaluation of each participating facility’s actual safety performance and implementation of effective safety and health management systems. Actual safety performance will be determined by a facility’s Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR) and the Days Away, Restricted Work Activity (DART) and how they compare to other competing bakeries. Evaluation of the implementation of effective safety and health management systems will be determined by the responses to a safety program evaluation questionnaire which will be provided upon submission of each ABA Member or Allied Co.’s application.

ABA encourages all members to participate in the Safety Recognition Program because it provides each company with an important opportunity to showcase its safety and health management systems. The Program also provides ABA members with a way to build employee morale while enhancing the baking industry’s image with our customers and the public at large.

  • Why

    After significant planning and input from ABA’s Board of Governors, ABA is establishing a Safety Recognition Program in 2016. The program enables ABA to recognize individual member company sites that excel in safety while increasing workplace safety awareness and emphasizing the importance of employee safety in the baking industry.
  • Program

    Goals of the program are to:
    -Recognize individual ABA members which have achieved a high level of safety performance as an ongoing effort to reduce work related injuries and illnesses
    -Encourage employers to develop comprehensive safety and health programs at the individual plant level
    -Improve employee morale at each work site, and communicate the baking industry’s ongoing commitment to safety
  • Timeline

    Here are the key dates to remember:
    -The ABA Safety Recognition Program officially launches in early 2016. ABA members will receive a program application
    -A program reminder about data collection will be sent to all participants in June 2016
    -Safety data will be due in early January 2017 for calendar year 2016
    -The first Safety Recognition awards to be made at the 2017 ABA Convention in March 2017
  • Apply

    The program is open to ABA members with facilities under the jurisdiction of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and U.S. State Plan States.
    Participation FAQs:
    -Fill out the application.
    -Participating members will be categorized by size of facility. Each individual facility will then be entered into competition with other facilities of similar size and employee population and will compete only with other companies within their size category.
    -Award criteria are based on an evaluation of each participating facility’s actual safety performance and implementation of effective safety and health management systems.
    -Actual safety performance will be determined by a facility’s Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR) and the Days Away, Restricted Work Activity (DART) and how they compare to industry average.
    An outside contractor will manage the program database.