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Keeping People Safe at Work

Health and safety is one of the most fundamental human rights that Hershey values. We put the safety of people first—from our employees to contractors and guests at Hershey facilities—and work to protect and promote their well-being.

Our Global EHS Management System

We have standardized safety practices and processes across our operations through our Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Management System. Introduced in 2021 and modeled on the leading ISO 14001 and 45001 standards, this global EHS system instituted standardized practices that make it easier to maximize employee safety and ensure legal compliance, regardless of location, and unites our people under one way of thinking about EHS. It encompasses updated global safety standards for both people and the environment, as well as regular training for relevant employees on applicable topics.

Its implementation was supported by a robust internal audit system that validates the application of the standard as well as each site’s compliance with local regulations. The Audit teams consisted of EHS Center of Excellence members and EHS managers from other sites. Our EHS Lean Pillar team oversees the implementation of the new safety standards and procedures.

Safety Training

Proper training is vital to equipping employees for a safe experience at work. We follow a comprehensive training program to ensure that our employees are aware of and comply with all company and regulatory training requirements. All Hershey site locations follow the same training matrix to plan, implement and monitor completion of appropriate environmental, health and safety training for applicable employees. The training matrix lists all safety topics, the frequency of training required, the relevant personnel to be trained or to manage training and what resources the training requires, such as online classes or in-person demonstrations.

Our Other Health and Safety Practices

  • Our culture-based Employee Ergonomics Program which strives to make our employees more comfortable and increase productivity. Our goal is to achieve a 50 percent hazard reduction for job functions with ergonomic risks.
  • Risk Assessments for our manufacturing locations which allow each respective location to prioritize ergonomic hazards into low, medium and high categories that direct future risk mitigation plans.