The corn refining industry prides itself on making safety our top priority. The industry’s low recordable incident rate (RIR), a standardized metric used by OSHA and other agencies to compare the safety performance of companies within a particular industry or group, is proof of our commitment to safety. With an RIR of 1.14, the safety performance of the corn refining industry exceeds the national average RIR of 3.0 and is on par with the safety of office-based jobs – a remarkable achievement for any manufacturing or processing industry.
CRA honors corn wet milling facilities across the country for their outstanding safety records and their unyielding commitment to ensuring an accident-free workplace. Our industry’s commitment to safety is evidenced by the steady increase in the number of awards given every year through our Safety Awards Program.
CRA also provides members recommendations concerning workplace safety matters regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which encompass issues such as environmental protection, employee safety, and industrial processes.
EPA’s Risk Management Program (RMP) – CRA shares the EPA’s commitment to continually improving process safety, while minimizing the frequency and severity of accidental chemical releases. CRA further believes that the RMP rule works best as a performance-based regulation, in combination with the scenario analysis, communication planning and prevention, and emergency response programs that are considered best practices.
OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) – CRA is an ardent supporter of OSHA’s current PSM standard, which has a proven track record of preventing the accidental release of hazardous chemicals. Under OSHA’s PSM guidelines, each of CRA’s members have established a comprehensive safety management program that integrates technologies, procedures, and management practices, helping protect both our employees and our neighbors.