Cargill's business unit manager for environment, health and safety says successful corporate safety programs start with corporate commitment, vision and strategic planning, but should also include SMART goals.

Goals should be SMART -- specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely, Mike Klun said.

Speaking at the National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry, Klun said successful safety programs start with corporate commitment and strategic planning but even after the strategic plan and goals are in place, communication, execution, measurement and continuous improvement are required.

Safety strategy must be real and aligned with the business. This requires bringing the right resources, people and strategies to bear on safety goals. The organization must establish a process for assessing new opportunities and risks and then make recommendations.

Companies can make goals timely and relevant by basing them on recent employee engagement. This also improves employee awareness of safe work practices.

The National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry is sponsored by the National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation, Georgia Poultry Federation and Georgia Tech Research Institute Agricultural Technology Research Program.

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Cargill's business unit manager for environment, health and safety, Mike Klun, speaks about SMART goals.