Monsanto has received the following recognition for excellence in its ore processing operations:
- VPP: Monsanto achieved the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration Voluntary Protection Program Star status in 1994. This program recognizes the nation’s best employee safety programs. The plant has been regularly recertified.
- Quality Products: The plant received certification in 1994 for ISO9001:2000 Quality Assurance, an international standard for quality in manufacturing.
- Environmental, Safety, Health and Security Assurance: The plant also received certification in the RC14001, and ISO14001 standards, assuring quality and consistency in management of environmental, safety, health and security issues.
- Behavioral Safety Champion: The Soda Springs Plant was a pioneer in the western United States in implementing “Behavioral Based Safety,” an approach to safety management recognized for the ability to drive accident rates to new lows. The governor of Idaho asked Monsanto to share its knowledge of this approach at the 2005 Idaho Governor’s Safety Conference. The company has also been a repeat guest speaker at the regional conferences of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, sharing its successful best practices to improve worker safety. Representatives from many industries have visited Monsanto to talk first hand with a cross-section of plant employees on how to build solid safety processes.
- Sentinels of Safety Program: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration and the National Mining Association awarded Monsanto a Certificate of Achievement in Safety in 2007. The Soda Springs mine received this award, which is part of the Sentinels of Safety program, for achieving an outstanding safety record throughout the year. Employees worked a total 4,975 hours without a single lost-workday injury