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November 30, 2011

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Food and drink sector revises its safety strategy

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has joined forces with the HSE and trade unions to revise their ‘Common Strategy’ for improving health and safety in the food and drink manufacturing industry.

The strategy, which was originally drawn up in 1991, sets out a plan of action to reduce the number of injuries in the workplace. It takes into account human factors to encourage better management of risks, and it aims to create more engagement on health and safety throughout the entire workforce.

This latest revision has been a year in preparation and was agreed at a meeting of the HSE’s Food and Drink Manufacture Health and Safety Forum in October. The strategy sets out the challenges, objectives, and progress to date, as well as outlining proposed action and targets that each Forum partner will undertake to further improve health and safety in the industry.

FDF director of competiveness Angela Coleshill said: “The Common Strategy document puts in place new actions for industry and stakeholders to ensure the collaborative success in reducing injuries continues. FDF, its members and key industry partners have been able to work together by acknowledging that the health and safety of the workforce remains the biggest priority. We are therefore encouraged to see that this relationship has once again been formalised for the coming years.”  

The Forum is also currently working to produce a new version of the HSE’s ‘Recipe for Safety’ publication, which sets out the industry’s health and safety priorities. The publication is expected to be launched in the New Year and will provide up-to-date guidance to help reduce accidents in the workplace.

You can view the Common Strategy on the HSE website.

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