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Kroger is in the food business and the people business. Our people are the heart. Kroger works hard to create a safe, healthy, inclusive culture where there are opportunities for careers and advancement.

We believe our industry-leading safety results make our stores, manufacturing plants and facilities among the safest places to work in America. Safety is a core value at Kroger. Keeping our 431,000 associates safe is an important part of our commitment to them.

Our ultimate safety goal is zero accidents.

In 1995, Kroger launched a safety initiative that has reduced our overall accident rate by 77.2%. We have made steady progress every year since 1995. However, in 2015 Kroger experienced an increase (+1.7%) in OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Association) recordable injuries. This increase in injuries coincided with a continued influx of new associates 2015. Despite this increase in injuries, our retail and logistics OSHA Injury Rate decreased by 1.6% to 3.65 per 100 FTE.* This reduction is attributed to our increased safety efforts with our new associates to return to our long-standing trend of continuous improvement.

In 2015, 1,457 retail locations (48%) operated without an associate lost-time injury, and 676 retail locations (22%), two distribution centers, and two of our manufacturing plants, went the entire year without an OSHA recordable accident.


Based on the most current Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data available (2014), Kroger's 2015 Injury Rate (3.65) is 25.5% lower than the BLS industry benchmark of 4.9 Injuries/100 FTE, and has remained below this industry benchmark for the last 15 years.

KROGER'S STAR (STORES TARGETING ACCIDENT REDUCTION) PROGRAM

The STAR program engages every associate to work together to be safe on this job. Kroger measures safety with the same regularity as sales and profits. The rewards for such close attention to safety are healthier associates, a safer working and shopping environment, and less time lost from work due to accidents.



*The OSHA injury rate is a nationally accepted standard for measuring injuries for every 100 full time equivalent associates.

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