October 2017 The Snort Report

The Snort Report

Issue: #55

October 2017



When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, may luck be yours on Halloween!

Have a safe and fun Halloween!

Congratulations to our Production and Management Employees of the Month!

Wonderful Outstanding Worker

October 2017 Production Employees of the Month

Maria Morales

Mario Chavez


October 2017 Management Employee of the Month

Elaine Williamson



Do you know someone that is deserving of this honor? You can nominate them by coming up to HR and filling out a form on who you want to nominate and why.

After 28 years,

Keith Christian

retired on
Sept. 29th, 2017.

Congratulations and Happy Retirement!

Keith Christianson


Our United Way Campaign kicks off on Nov.6th!

Update
Quality Pork Processors, Inc

Nate Jansen


Happy Halloween Everyone!!!! 

I’d like to talk about what is the MOST IMPORTANT subject to me…SAFETY.  I’d like to remind everyone that the only way QPP can survive and be successful is if all of our employees are constantly working in a safe manner and helping others around them work safe.  It is every employee of QPP’s responsibility to make sure we all go home to our families the same way that we walked into work.  Along the same lines, if you are out trick or treating with the kids on Tuesday, please remember to be safe while walking around in the dark!  We have just completed our 2017 fiscal year, and we again set new records for safety.  This is because of the hard and diligent work from everyone; I’d like to thank Didacus and the Safety Committee for all of their work.  Without the outstanding employees we have none of that would be possible. I’d like to ask that everyone who reads this takes a minute to just think about how we can make QPP safer. Safety is a moving target and we have to always look for ways to improve.  Please continue to give your ideas for improvement to the Safety Committee, Didacus, or your supervisor.   

Speaking of finishing up our fiscal year it was a very good year for QPP, we had our challenges, but just like always, we figured out how to end up on top!  I’d like to personally thank everyone for all of their hard work this past year making it a success.  Let’s start 2018 off the right way and work to eliminate ALL accidents! 

-Nate

Jenni Duholm

Flu Season

     The cold months are upon us here in Minnesota which means so is the flu season!  Influenza (flu) is an illness caused by flu viruses that happens every year in the fall and winter.  People of all ages can get the flu.  People who have the flu can spread the virus by coughing and sneezing.

 Symptoms of the flu

  • Fever and chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Feeling weak and tired
  • Sometimes diarrhea and vomiting

      You can protect yourself and your family from getting sick by getting a flu shot.  Everyone age 6 months and older should get vaccinated for the flu every year in the fall.  Stay away from people who are sick, wash your hands often with soap and water.  Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your arm when you cough or sneeze.  You should throw tissues in the trash after you use them and do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth because viruses spread this way.

      If you get sick most people are able to recover at home from the flu without medical care.  People that are at risk of getting very sick from the flu and that should seek medical care are children under 5 years old, people older than 65 years old, pregnant women, people with chronic medical problems like diabetes, heart disease, asthma, kidney disease and liver problems, and people with a weakened immune system from HIV or cancer. 

      For more information on the flu vaccine, or to make an appointment with us at the clinic, call (507) 434-6299 or visit in person at the Quality Health and Wellness Clinic.  The Quality Health and Wellness Clinic is open to all QPP employees, as well as QPP employees’ spouses and dependents 2 years and older that are enrolled in the QPP Benefits Plan. 

Didacus Guzman

PPE

Hello everyone and a howdy doody to you!

I wanted to talk about something that, I believe, most if not all of you have experienced… the pain of losing some or all of your personal protective equipment (PPE). We need to remember that if we pick up something that does not belong to us, it is going to cost someone money and/or possibly their job. If you make a mistake, don’t amplify the mistake, just simply put it back or give it back to the individual. When we find foreign material it can cost millions if not found in time. All PPE is numbered and that is what is reviewed right away. Now, having said all of that, let’s be more responsible and always know where our PPE is. It is our responsibility and inevitably we will be asked to deal with the consequences.

If your PPE is not in good shape simply exchange it! There is no cost for exchanging safety equipment that is defective.

Remember, we spend a lot of time at work together, let’s help each other out instead of making it difficult.

Your Best Interest is at Heart!

The Safety Guy