MADISON, WIS. – The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) announced its next health and safety group meeting will cover such topics as preventing employee health and safety lawsuits, and insights on Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) inspections.

Slated for June 7, with options to attend in person in Sun Prairie, Wis., or virtually, the meeting will open with a presentation from Michael Best & Friedrich LLP on creating and implementing safety protocols, and maintaining constructive lines of communication with staff and regulators.

WCMA also shared that the meeting will include a panel of dairy processing professionals who will share their knowledge on OSHA’s new local emphasis program for food processors. An in-depth presentation on noise protection practices in dairy processing plants also is on the agenda.

“Studies show that companies with robust safety programs enjoy higher productivity and employee retention rates, boosted employee morale, and – most importantly – fewer incidents of injury in their workplaces,” said Rebekah Sweeney, WCMA’s senior director of programs and policy. “WCMA members understand that consistent investments in employee safety are both the smart and the right thing to do for their teams, and we’re thrilled with their engagement in our health and safety group.”

Per WCMA, dairy processor and supplier members, regardless of their experience in employee safety, are invited to attend the meeting, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 7. Registration and more details are available on the WCMA website.

The organization’s health and safety group meets regularly to cover worker safety issues for dairy processors.