Industry agrees common strategy to tackle injuries and illness

The HSE-led Food and Drink Manufacturing Forum has launched a new Common Strategy for Health and Safety in the Industry. The Forum brings together the main trade associations and trade unions in the industry. The new Common Strategy builds on previous agreements and the work that has been done under the Recipe for Safety campaign.

Despite the successes of that campaign, the accident rate for the industry remains at twice the manufacturing industry average. And there are major occupational health issues including musculoskeletal disorders, stress, lung diseases, dermatitis and noise-induced hearing loss.

The Common Strategy sets out four key objectives:

  1. To reduce HSE RIDDOR reportable ill health and injury by 10% per year over the next 5 years.
  2. To reduce musculoskeletal disorders from manual handling and repetitive work.
  3. To reduce slipping and tripping injuries.
  4. To control work-related ill health through proper occupational health management.

As an active member of the Forum, the IOSH Food and Drink Industry Group is pledged to support the strategy and to promote the current version of Recipe for Safety.