The Monsanto Caribe Isabela Site has been VPP Certified by OSHA since 2004 and re-certified in 2008 and 2012
SAN JUAN, PR (September 21, 2015) – The Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association (PRMA) awarded Monsanto Caribe LLC a Safety Achievement Award at the 2015 Occupational Health and Safety Summit. According to the PRMA website, the event aims “to promote risk reduction in the workplace, and to recognize the effort and performance of those companies that have excelled in the safety and occupational health field.”
The Safety Achievement Award recognizes Monsanto Caribe for “excellent achievement in their occupational safety and health record during 2014 as a result of the joint efforts of management and employees to reduce work injuries in the industrial operations of Puerto Rico.” The PRMA also recognized 17 other companies in this category, including Pfizer Pharm, Amgen Manufacturing and Hewlett-Packard Caribe.
“All of us at Monsanto are committed to doing our part for the safety of our community as well as employees, our neighbors, our customers and our customers’ customers,” said Eric Torres, General Manager of Monsanto Caribe LLC. “Congratulations to our ESH team for this distinction, honoring their hard work and dedication to create and maintain a safe work environment.”
Monsanto has an historic commitment to safety. The Monsanto Caribe LLC MSP Isabela Site has been certified by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) since 2004, with re-certifications in 2008 and 2012.
“This award is given to companies that excel at and are role models for protecting and safeguarding their employees’ health and the environment, which includes but often goes well beyond compliance with laws,” said Javier Arce, ESH Coordinator at Monsanto Caribe Isabela Site.
Sharing Tips on Best Practices
During the event, Monsanto Caribe also participated in the Best Practices panel represented by Arce. As a VPP Mentor in Puerto Rico, Arce shared some of the benefits of having this certification.
“Since our first VPP Certification, at the Guanin level back in 2004, we implemented effective health and safety programs, together with OSHA, and we eliminated or minimized incidents and occupational illnesses in the workplace. At Monsanto Caribe, we have managed to bring our occupational injury and illness rate down to zero,” Arce shared.
“Also, the Puerto Rico State Insurance Fund Corporation (CFSE) has a merit system, in which they assess companies according to their rate of injury. If the CFSE concludes that you have an effective health and safety system, you can receive a credit on insurance rates of up to 30%. This year Monsanto Caribe received a credit of 24 percent, resulting in avoiding costs,” he explained.
However, Arce believes that the most valuable benefit of our good safety and health program is enjoyed by Monsanto employees. “You have to put yourself in your employee’s place. Injuries also have psychological and emotional dimensions. There’s a familial aspect to them, too. Think of your VPP certification as a long-term investment for your health and safety system.”
According to Arce, some of the best practices in health and safety include accident investigation, risk and trend analysis, creation of a behavior-based safety committee, a program owner system, and a good system to report safety hazards.
Third-party organizations continue to recognize Monsanto as an employer of choice. Recently, Computerworld named Monsanto Company one of its Best Places to Work in IT. Monsanto ranks No. 24 on the 2015 list of the top 100 work environments for technology professionals, its fourth appearance on the list.
As the world’s farmers will need to feed a global population that is expected to grow to 9.6 billion by 2050, Monsanto teams are innovating how agriculture utilizes information technology.
Computerworld’s Best Places to Work in IT list is an annual ranking of the top 100 work environments for technology professionals. The list is compiled based on a comprehensive questionnaire about company benefits, career development, training and retention. In addition, Computerworld conducts extensive surveys of IT workers, and their responses factor heavily in determining the rankings. Learn more about the list and Computerworld at computerworld.com.
In 2015, Monsanto was also recognized as a Great Place to Work® in seven individual countries and in Europe and Latin America.
In Puerto Rico, the company has also earned such honors as the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Los Mejores Patronos en Puerto Rico Award in the Medium Business Category, as well as been inducted in the Puerto Rican Agriculture Hall of Fame in April of 2013.
For more information on these recognitions and others, see Monsanto’s list of workplace recognitions.
About Monsanto Caribe
Since 1996, Monsanto Caribe LLC has been part of the Puerto Rican seed breeding industry, using the tools of modern biology to help farmers successfully feed, clothe and fuel our growing world. Monsanto’s operations on the island consist of agricultural biotechnology research and development of the best corn, cotton, soybeans and sorghum seeds for farmers. The objective is to find the most desirable traits to improve crops and develop new seed with such traits. In Puerto Rico, the company has earned such honors as the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Los Mejores Patronos en Puerto Rico Award in the Medium Business Category, as well as being inducted in the Puerto Rican Agriculture Hall of Fame in April of 2013. To learn more about our business and our commitments, please visit: www.monsanto.com. Follow our business on Twitter® at www.twitter.com/MonsantoCo, on the company blog, Beyond the Rows at www.monsantoblog.com, or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed. For information in Spanish, please visit www.monsanto.pr, and follow our business on Facebook® at facebook.com/monsantopuertorico.