Health and Safety

(GRI 403-1; 403-2; 403-3; 403-4; 403-5; 403-6; 403-7; 403-8)

The health and safety of our team members is paramount. We are committed to providing safe work environments and working conditions for our team members across all JBS facilities.

In practice, we are responsible for the health and safety of our workforce, business partners, suppliers, and other stakeholders. Throughout our operations, we work to build and disseminate a culture that values health and safety, individual accountability, and shared vigilance, and is led by the example of our business and team leaders. We then strive to instill this same responsibility in our team members through development, training, and education, with support from our Code of Conduct and Ethics and Global Health and Safety Policy.

Our health and safety principles:

  • Engage, develop, and train employees, giving them responsibility for ensuring and fostering a safe and healthy work environment;
  • Anticipate and prevent incidents and accidents, assuming that all accidents are preventable;
  • Drive continuous improvement of our processes, machinery, and equipment, and implement measures to eliminate or minimize incidents;
  • Ensure compliance with legal requirements, our own health and safety programs, and other applicable health and safety standards; and
  • Develop and disseminate a culture of health and safety, individual accountability, and shared vigilance as values, with leaders of role models.

Our safety governance structure and management approach are guided by our Global Workplace Health and Safety Policy and aligned to the relevant regulatory requirements of each country in which we operate. We defer to governing bodies like those listed below to evaluate the effectiveness of external safety audit processes, collect feedback, and make necessary adjustments.

Our Regional Approaches:

To ensure successful implementation of our health and safety policies, safety data is integrated across digital platforms, allowing us to better share best practices and identify enterprise-wide trends. This enables us to develop data-driven corrective actions to our processes, including team member observations, safety inspections and audits. We also update our safety programs regularly by detailing new challenges, auditing techniques, and providing straightforward solutions. Our safety teams focus on safety training, performance, measurement, and the sharing of best practices across our businesses.

If a team member notices an unsafe act or unsafe condition, we empower them to speak up and make sure unsafe acts are stopped and unsafe conditions are rectified. Everyone is encouraged to report and correct unsafe acts and conditions without fear of retribution, as company policy prohibits retaliation in all such cases. Each team member is also empowered to remove themselves from any situation they deem to be unsafe.

To continuously improve, we set companywide and facility-specific safety goals each year and track leading safety indicators weekly. These leading indicators include monitoring observations for unsafe behaviors, working surfaces, machine guarding, safety gaps, electrical safety, drive cam coaching effectiveness, preventable vehicle accident rates and corrective actions. Performance is reported daily, weekly, and monthly to management teams so that decisions that impact health and safety can be made swiftly and have the utmost priority. All of our operational supervisors are required to conduct multiple safety observations each week to identify unsafe behaviors and intervene with helpful coaching prior to the occurrence of an unsafe act, condition, or injury.

Finally, we track a Safety Index at each of our facilities to measure the frequency of severe incidents per hour of operation. A severe incident is defined as an amputation, hospitalization, vision loss, fracture or second- or third-degree burns resulting in greater than fifteen days lost time, any injury resulting in greater than fifteen days lost time or a fatality. We have set a goal to collectively improve our Global Safety Index by 30% by 2030, compared to a 2019-2020 average baseline.

(GRI 403-9; SASB FB-MP-320a.1)

Our Safety Performace

(GRI 403-9)

JBS Brazil JBS US & Pilgrim's US JBS Canada JBS Australia Pilgrim's Mexico Pilgrim's Europe*
2019 Hours Worked 231,042,736 139,803,205 5,530,870 16,999,215 27,289,589 33,757,101
Safety Index 0.30 0.23 0.51 0.62 0.02 0.30
2020 Hours Worked 239,741,327 139,378,346 5,376,010 17,512,099 26,733,949 31,547,831
Safety Index 0.25 0.14 0.04 0.53 0.02 0.16
DART Rate N/A 2.49 N/A N/A 0.04 1.28
TRIR N/A 3.91 N/A N/A N/A N/A
LTIFR N/A N/A N/A 11.30 N/A N/A
2021 Hours Worked 253,431,036 139,431,101 5,611,592 16,552,736 26,554,735 30,355,198
Safety Index 0.18 0.11 0.11 0.48 0.02 0.07
DART Rate N/A 2.63 N/A N/A 0.04 1.30
TRIR 5.10 4.19 N/A N/A N/A N/A
LTIFR N/A N/A N/A 11.16 N/A N/A
2022 Hours Worked 262,517,767 142,800,620 5,590,666 20,538,199 29,320,766 38,955,562
Safety Index 0.14 0.14 0.04 0.56 0.02 0.03
DART Rate N/A 2.32 N/A N/A 0.04 0.94
TRIR 3.13 3.77 N/A N/A N/A N/A
LTIFR N/A N/A N/A 12.98 N/A N/A

*Includes Pilgrim's UK and Moy Park

Training and Education

We center our health and safety management approach on training and education, as well as controlling or, to the extent possible, eliminating job-related hazards, to reduce the number of work-related injuries and illnesses throughout our facilities. Our in-depth safety training consists of new team member orientation, job- and task-specific training, departmental safety meetings, and regular refresher training for team members. All newly hired team members must complete both classroom and department-specific training, which are made available in multiple languages, and we have written job-safety analyses for all non-corporate JBS positions.


Each year, JBS locations undergo a comprehensive safety management system audit, fleet safety audit, and occupational health audit based on applicable legislation and company procedures. Many of our facilities also conduct comprehensive safety analysis audits to identify and reduce potential hazards. These audits focus on early detection of risks and an in-depth review of policies and programs related to preventing falls and slips, electrical safety, machine guarding, and ergonomics.

Corrective Actions

While we focus on education, training, process improvements, and cultural accountability, accidents do occur, and we must acknowledge, report, and learn from safety-related incidents. Our facilities have formal incident investigation procedures and/or committees to investigate and reduce, mitigate, or eliminate injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. The incident investigation process assists operations in preventing the recurrence of similar incidents and in identifying injury and illness trends, potential weaknesses or failures in our safety management, and proximate and root causes of incidents. This process allows us to develop effective corrective action plans. In addition, within each business unit, locations regularly share incident investigation information to facilitate learning and prevention.


We continue to find new ways to leverage cutting-edge technologies to enhance team member safety and implement virtual reality technology to train team members on food and team member safety protocol.

In parallel with our increased focus on preventing injuries, our partnership with Scott Technology, a leading global developer of automation and robotic solutions, has allowed us to decrease the potential for injuries and identify solutions to safety and automation challenges by establishing cross-functional teams to identify ways to utilize their technology. For example, we have a goal to transition to BladeStop® Bandsaws, which are designed to reduce serious injuries by mechanically stopping the blade when the unit senses the operator has come in contact with the blade. In addition to BladeStop® technology, Pilgrim’s has partnered with Scott to develop an automated whole bird trussing machine, and in Australia, two of our lamb production facilities have implemented automated lamb deboning technology from Scott. In addition, various business units have piloted wearable technology and many facilities are using machines to validate knife sharpness and perform calibrated knife sharpening to ensure team members are performing their duties in the most ergonomically optimal manner possible. As a result of this innovative technology, the number of injuries has been further reduced.

We are upgrading our current safety and health system with a new system which will further assist with root cause analysis, trend analysis, and data-driven insights. We have installed robotic knife sharpeners in several facilities as well, which allows for consistently sharper knives and results in reduced strains and reduced repetitive motion issues. We are also expanding our use of wearable technologies to map body movement and assist with identifying both improvement opportunities for training and which processes should be changed to further minimize the impact on any team member.

Independent Contractors

Although independent contractors account for a small portion of our total workforce, we take our responsibility for their health and safety seriously.

Our Regional Approaches:

Case Studies:

In 2022, JBS Australia’s Northern division, in consultation with the livestock drivers and a trailer manufacturer, designed and built a livestock trailer fitted with a pneumatically operated handrail system, similar to systems in place on tanker trailers.
This allows the livestock driver to work safely on top of the crate without needing additional personal protective equipment or safety lines, no matter where the truck is stopped. The new design also provides the driver with a physical barrier/isolation control to protect them from risk of falling and gives them safe access to the trailer catwalk not only during loading/unloading, but also when conducting roadside animal health checks. This solution is an industry first for livestock trailers and sets the new sector standard in driver safety. In recognition of the innovation’s safety outcomes, it was recognized as a winner at the Queensland Government Safe Work and Return to Work Awards 2022. JBS Australia hopes this solution initiates cascading adoption and helps drive positive change across our business and wider industry.
As a crucial element in its journey to Zero Harm, Moy Park’s continued focus on Behavioral Safety has been key and critical in improving standards and reducing workplace lost time accidents. Building on its work to date, Moy Park has now partnered with renowned Behavioral Science subject matter experts to develop an IOSH Certified blended-learning, online course ‘Behavioral Science for Leadership in Safety’.
Launched in December 2021, the program continues to provide a series of Workshops and ‘Live On-Line Sessions’ to Moy Park team members, complemented by four Self-Study units and an accreditation assessment.
The Accident Reduction Initiative is a collection of programs implemented throughout all of Pilgrim's Mexico with the objective of reaching Zero Accidents in our operations. The programs implemented as part of the initiative include:
  • Skills Management: A training program focused on developing the skills required for team members to perform their jobs safely.
  • Security Monitors: On-site champions who verify the correct implementation of procedures, ergonomic exercises, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and detection of unsafe acts or conditions.
  • 5-Minutes Talks: Quick, regular discussions aimed at raising awareness among staff for the safe development of daily tasks.
  • Onboarding: Initial training to ensure new staff are competent to carry out their activities safely from the point of orientation through the development of their skills and the formation of their values.
Each year, the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) Worker Safety Awards recognize production facilities that have achieved a high level of performance in the team member health and safety area.
Four award levels may be earned based on an evaluation of the facility’s actual safety performance, as well as its implementation of an effective safety and health program as measured by a safety program questionnaire. In 2023, 73 JBS USA and Pilgrim’s facilities were awarded NAMI Safety awards based on 2022 performance – a 36% increase year over year.
In 2022, Moy Park won the RoSPA Food and Drink Health and Safety Award. The RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Awards scheme is the longest running of its kind in the U.K...
and receives entries from organizations across the globe, making it one of the most sought-after achievement awards for health and safety worldwide. Organizations receiving a RoSPA Award are recognized as being world-leaders in health and safety practice.