Safety Recognition Awards

The annual Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards program, co-sponsored by IDFA and Dairy Foods magazine, honors U.S. dairy facilities and trucking operations for outstanding worker safety. Now in its 19th year, the program continues to demonstrate that the safety of our people and our food is the dairy industry’s number one priority.

Processing and Trucking Operations

Dairy processing and trucking operations will be judged on occupational injury and illness performance rates, which are recorded in each operation’s “Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses” report (Occupational Safety and Health Administration Form 300A). Companies are required to post their OSHA 300A forms from February 1 through April 30 following the year covered by the form. Applicants will also provide a written essay explaining the components of their safety and health programs.


To be eligible for an award, a processing facility or transportation operation must implement an effective and innovative health and safety program and have illness and injury rates below industry averages reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Companies must be an IDFA member to enter. The 2022 award program rules, regulations and application form is available here, and there is no fee to enter. All entries must be submitted to IDFA no later than May 27, 2022. Award winners will be notified this summer and featured in Dairy Foods magazine, which co-sponsors the safety awards program.

“Each awardee is a shining example of how to implement innovative and proactive approaches to workplace safety. Year after year, dairy companies go above and beyond to provide a safe and productive work environment. Consumers and customers of dairy foods companies value how these innovations help to deliver safe, wholesome and nutritious food to people around the world.”

Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA President and CEO

2021 Outstanding Awards in Workers Safety

Centennial Farms Dairy – Atlanta, GA (Fluid Milk)
Compton Creamery – Compton, CA (Fluid Milk)
Compton Creamery – Compton, CA (Ice Cream)
Crystal Farms Dairy Company - Lake Mills, WI (Cheese)
Darigold – Boise Fleet – Boise, ID (Trucking, Local)
Darigold – Sunnyside Fleet – Sunnyside, WA (Trucking, Local)
Fairlife -Coopersville, MI (Fluid Milk)
Fairlife – Dexter, NM (Fluid Milk)
Foremost Farms USA - Clayton, WI (Cheese)
Foremost Farms USA – Marshfield, WI (Cheese)
Glanbia Nutritionals -Twinfalls Cheese Plant – Twinfalls, ID (Cheese)
Hiland Dairy – Little Rock, AR (Fluid Milk)
HP Hood LLC Agawam Distribution Operations – Agawam, MA (Trucking, Local)
Kroger, Layton Dairy – Layton UT (Cheese)
Kroger, Layton Dairy – Layton, UT (Fluid Milk)
Kroger, Layton Dairy – Layton, UT (Ice Cream)
Kroger Mountain View Foods – Denver, CO (Fluid Milk)
Pace Dairy Foods Company– Rochester, MN (Cheese)
Pace Dairy Foods – Crawfordsville, IN (Cheese)
Prairie Farms Dairy - Carbondale, IL (Cheese)
Prairie Farms Dairy – Carlinville, IL (Fluid Milk)
Prairie Farms Dairy – O’Fallon, IL (Ice Cream)
Prairie Farms Dairy – Springfield, IL (Ice Cream)
Tamarack Farms Dairy – Newark, OH (Fluid Milk)
The Kroger Co. – Springdale Ice Cream & Beverage – Springdale, OH (Ice Cream)
The Kroger Co., Westover Dairy – Lynchburg, VA (Fluid Milk)
Valley Milk, LLC – Turlock, CA (Dry, Condensed, Evaporated)
Tolleson Dairy – Tolleson, AZ (Fluid Milk)

2021 Most Improved Award in Workers Safety

Darigold Fleet – Seattle, WA (Trucking, Local)
Masters Gallery Foods – Plymouth, WI (Cheese)
Masters Gallery Foods – Plymouth, WI (Trucking, Local)
HP Hood LLC Agawam Fluid Milk Plant – Agawam, MA (Fluid Milk)
HP Hood LLC – Batavia, NY (Fluid Milk)
Tamarack Farms Dairy – Newark, OH (Fluid Milk)

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