FSDF_HS_slider_imgUK: The Food Storage and Distribution Federation (FSDF) has launched a scheme to encourage health and safety best practice within the industry. 

Reed Boardall, Cold Move and Partner Logistics are amongst a number of companies who have signed up since the launch on January 1.

“We have designed the FSDF Health and Safety Leadership Programme for those 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,” commented FSDF ceo Chris Sturman.

Jon Miles, head of UK operations for Partner Logistics commented: “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.”

According to the FSDF, members who sign-up for the programme will benefit from greater visibility and recognition of being proactive in achieving and maintaining the highest standards of health and safety performance, with customers, suppliers and the HSE; company-wide involvement and accountability in all matters relating to health and safety; expert guidance and advice on all matters relating to health and safety; recognised standard of achievement – which can be displayed on letterhead, vehicles and websites

Companies will be required to provide evidence of a good health and safety management system by answering key performance questions and supporting the answers with a portfolio of relevant documentation. Those members who achieve the required standard will then receive a framed certificate and will also be entitled to use the award logo indicating their achievement on their organisation’s vehicles, letterhead and website.

Supporting the programme, the FSDF website will feature a dedicated area that will include a health and safety forum, articles and other relevant health and safety information, best practice case studies and accident statistics and other benchmarking data

To find out more about the programme or register your interest go to www.fsdf.org.uk