“Heritage Farms Dairy has demonstrated strong commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace,” said Garrett Rhea, manager of Consultative Services for the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health office.
Rhea presented the award July 16 to Heritage Farms Dairy, located on New Salem Road.
“The evaluation criteria for this award are challenging, and this company has worked extremely hard to meet and exceed the standards the award requires,” Rhea said.
The award honors Tennessee employers and employees who meet a required number of hours without workplace injuries serious enough to cause an employee to miss a day of work or restrict normal job activities.
The number of hours required is based on the size of the company.
Heritage Farms Dairy manufactures dairy products for Kroger Inc., and it employs 184 people at the Rutherford County plant.
“Our employees truly exemplify the Kroger core values of safety, respect, honesty, inclusion, diversity and integrity, said Michael Mancuso, regulatory compliance manager for Heritage Farms Dairy.
The plant qualified for the governor’s award by working more than 500,000 hours without a lost time or restricted duty workplace injury and illness, and it has maintained an injury free record since May 2011.