Ventura Dairy Plant Celebrates Commitment to Safety

March 1, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Because of its commitment to safety, Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.’s (DFA) Ventura, Calif., plant has reached a milestone of one year with no lost-time accidents. Nearly 100 employees operate the plant, which produces Starbucks® bottled Frappuccino® coffee drinks for the North American Coffee Partnership, a joint venture between PepsiCo and Starbucks Coffee Company.

“Creating a safe working environment is a top priority, and it’s a responsibility that our Ventura employees have embraced,” said Tim Hampshire, plant manager. “This milestone reflects our employees’ commitment to safety and efficiency, which translates into injury-free operations, but also quality product and reduced costs.”

The Ventura plant’s commitment to safety was recently recognized by California's Voluntary Protection Program (Cal/VPP). The plant achieved Star status, which is the highest recognition bestowed by the program is administered by the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal-OSHA).

As one of 21 DFA dairy plants across the United States, the Ventura plant participates in comprehensive safety programs that protect employees while producing high-quality dairy products and ingredients for consumers.

Under the leadership of Scott Stewart, plant safety and environmental coordinator, 24 employees participate in the plant’s volunteer safety committee. These employees are responsible for keeping safety awareness high among fellow employees and participating in plant inspections. They also serve the critical role of bringing attention to any potential safety concerns so they can be addressed proactively.

Additional safety measures in place at DFA include a corporate risk management division, new employee education, annual training on a variety of topics, certification programs and instructional signage throughout the plants.