Food Processing Industry

Safety & Health Assessment & Research for Prevention (SHARP) — Research for Safe Work

Companies in the food processing industry take raw agricultural products (such as grains) and turn them into the food products that we eat everyday (like bread and cereal).

The food processing industry is economically important to Washington State. However, relative to other industries, food processing has a high rate of injuries and illnesses that result in workers' compensation claims. Over 4,800 workers in the food processing industry are injured each year.

Highlights from SHARP's study include:

  • Companies that were organizationally healthy had lower work-related injury and illness rates.
  • Larger companies had lower injury and illness rates.
  • Organizationally healthy companies paid higher wages.
  • Among companies SHARP visited, those that had systems in place to keep workers safe and healthy also had lower injury and illness rates.

Food Processing Industry Resources

For market and labor information in the Food Processing Industry see the Washington State Employment Security Department's Food Processing Industry Profile (

See the Prevention Materials tab (insert Link) for training materials.

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