U.S. Poultry & Egg Association’s Poultry & Egg Institute has released a Poultry Industry Workplace Safety Issues Kit highlighting the progress achieved by the industry in workplace safety. The poultry industry’s injury and illness incident rate has declined by 73% since 1994. The kit may be accessed on-line at www.poultryegginstitute.org.

The Issues Kit outlines the safety challenges the industry has faced over the years and the interventions employed to meet them. It also describes educational efforts and collaborations pursued with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), not just to comply with safety regulations, but to address industry safety concerns directly in a proactive and progressive approach.

"The dramatic reduction in recordable injuries and illnesses is not surprising when you consider that over the past 25 years the industry has put considerable emphasis not only on complying with safety regulations but also on proactively tackling safety challenges head on," says Craig Wyvill, chief of the Food Processing Technology Division of the Georgia Tech Research Institute.

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The kit was developed by Wyvill and Steve Thomas, also of the Georgia Tech Research Institute, Paul Pressley, vice president of the Poultry & Egg Institute, and Richard Lobb, communications director for the National Chicken Council.

CD versions are available at no charge for U.S. Poultry & Egg Association members, and for a $10 shipping and handling fee for non-members, also through the Institute website.