The Food Storage and Distribution Federation has been named the winner of the Health and Safety category at the prestigious TCS&D Awards event at the National Motorcycle Museum.
The FSDF was selected by the independent judging panel as a clear winner, highlighting its dedication to raising the standards of health and safety, not just for its members but also for the industry as a whole. The judges noted the highly effective and influential work of the Technical and Safety Committee and in particular their Health and Safety Leadership Programme, which has been recognised by the HSE as exactly the sort of guidance in this area that the Government wants to achieve.
Chris Sturman, CEO at FSDF, says, “We were delighted to be first out of the hat and receive the TCS&D award for Health and Safety. The judges recognised the first class work which TASC has undertaken in the last eighteen months, and in particular the establishment of the FSDF Health and Safety Leadership programme and Annual Awards, the establishment of close working relations with the Health and Safety Executive and joining the HSE Logistics Strategy Board, and for the development of Guidelines and Approved Codes of Practice for DSEAR and other key issue areas. We plan to build on this success and further develop the initiatives that make a difference to our members and the entire food logistics industry.”
The Food Storage and Distribution Federation launched its flagship Health and Safety Leadership Programme in January, designed to provide a highly visible declaration of the FSDF’s leadership for members who are committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for all involved in the food storage and distribution industry sector.
Incorporating everyone from business leaders to the individuals on the shop floor, the programme mirrors the aims of the wider HSE strategy in encouraging continuous improvement, accountability and recognition of the wider perspective regarding health and safety and the need to actively support and share best practice to improve performance within the industry.
Partner Logistics was one of the first member organisations to get involved. Jon Miles, head of UK Operations, says, “At Partner Logistics, we are serious about all things relating to health and safety. We believe the industry needs to do more, and initiatives such as the Leadership Programme provided by the FSDF are key to driving improvements and maintaining the levels of safety for everyone in our industry. Also, the programme offers us the ability to benchmark our own health and safety performance against both our sector and the logistics industry as a whole, which is something we are very keen to do as part of our ongoing H&S strategy as a business.”
Chris Sturman says, “It is important for organisations to accept that Health and Safety is an ongoing priority and one which requires a continuous commitment from all levels of an organisation. We designed the FSDF Health and Safety Leadership Programme for our member companies who are progressively and proactively seeking to improve and maintain their own health and safety performance at the highest levels, as well as offer visibility of their achievements to the HSE and the industry at large.”
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