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ADM Celebrates Fifth Global Safety Week

6/21/2011

Work continues toward zero workplace injuries

During the week of June 13, Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) employees and contractors around the world observed the company’s annual Global Safety Week. This is the fifth year ADM has held Global Safety Week to sustain the company’s downward trend in injuries and to reinforce the belief that “Zero is Possible” when it comes to workplace injuries.

During its current fiscal year, ADM has reduced global lost workday injuries by 9 percent and has reduced global total recordable injuries by 16 percent, compared to the company’s previous fiscal year. Since 2007, the first year in which ADM observed Global Safety Week, ADM has reduced global lost workday injuries by 54 percent and has reduced global total recordable injuries by 47 percent.
 
“The safety of our employees and contractors is a top priority for ADM, and I am pleased to share that April 2011 was ADM’s safest month on record—more colleagues went home safe at the end of the day in April than any other time in our company’s history,” said Pete Taschner, ADM vice president, Safety and Health. “While celebrating the progress we have made, we also must continue our work toward zero workplace injuries.”

ADM’s Global Safety Week focused on the company’s values as the way to zero workplace injuries. ADM’s values—integrity, respect, excellence, resourcefulness, teamwork and responsibility—demonstrate the company’s commitment to working safe every day, so that all of our employees and contractors go home safe to family and friends.

During the week, employees participated in a variety of activities, including conducting plant safety tours, meetings and discussing ways the ADM Values help them stay safe on the job.

About ADM
Every day, the 29,000 people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) turn crops into renewable products that meet the demands of a growing world. At more than 240 processing plants, we convert corn, oilseeds, wheat and cocoa into products for food, animal feed, chemical and energy uses. We operate the world’s premier crop origination and transportation network, connecting crops and markets in more than 60 countries. Our global headquarters is in Decatur, Illinois, and our net sales for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010, were $62 billion. For more information about our company and our products, visit www.adm.com.

Sidebar:  Following is a general checklist for the home that may help keep you and your
family safe. These are just some basic tips to increase your safety; they do not reflect all the
steps that you can apply at your home.

  • Keep emergency numbers on every phone. Include fire, police, your doctor(s), ambulance service and poison control.
  • Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors on every floor. Change batteries twice a year when you change your clocks for daylight savings time.
  • Install decorative markers on glass doors so people don’t walk into them by mistake.
  • Eliminate clutter. Keep stairways and walkways clear of tripping hazards.
  • Have furnaces, hot water heaters and other gas appliances inspected regularly.
  • Never use kerosene or gas space heaters in unvented rooms.
  • Never keep cars, motorcycles or lawn mowers running in a closed garage.
  • Be cautious when using ladders. Use only on stable, level ground. Don’t overreach.
  • Wear protective footwear and eyewear when mowing the lawn.
  • Wear protective eyewear when operating power tools.
  • Install protective padding on the corners of tables and furniture  with sharp edges.
  • Secure tall bookcases or television stands that might tip over.
  • Tie up all vertical blind cords. Keep electrical cords out of reach.
  • Store out of reach all drugs and chemicals, such as cleaning products and bleach, in their original containers to ensure proper knowledge of contents.

From:
ADM Media Relations
217/424-5413
media@adm.com

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