Previous winners for the Food & Drink Health and Safety Awards

2019 winners

Steve Williams and Esther Fernandez Gila, AB Sugar
Measuring the presence of safety

2nd place
Alan Browne, Allied Bakeries Belfast
Health & Safety Champions

3rd place
Mike Keating, James Finlay Ltd
Being Whealthy

2018 winners

James Finlay Limited - ‘Always safe’ multi-cultural safety programme

Finlay’s is a global tea and coffee producer with sites from Sri Lanka to Argentina. They developed useful leading indicators to build a Zero Harm Road Map for all of their varied sites. Evidence of buy-in from employees was strong as was the resulting improvement in health and safety performance.

2nd place
The Kraft Heinz Company – Confined Spaces

The Heinz factory at Wigan is a large site. They adopted a systematic and thorough approach to the management of the 300 confined spaces across the site. In a few cases, changes to processes removed the need for entry altogether thereby eliminating the risk. For all the others detailed risk assessments and safe procedures for entry and exit were collated. The information was then presented in ways which were accessible to employees and contractors.

Runner up
Farne Salmon and Trout – ‘TITAN’ safer and more efficient production process

A major producer of smoked fish products, Farne has grown from small beginnings to a factory employing 700 in 35 years. Accident rates and stress levels rose at times of peak production when line speeds were increased. So they re-designed the process and trained workers in a new approach based on a pull-through model where each link in the chain works together. They managed to show that slowing the line using the new approach actually led to improved throughput of product. Not only did they achieve a 50% reduction in accidents but also they got improved team working and better staff morale.

2017 Winners

ABI Agri. Their ‘Engagement Programme’ covered their own sites and also farm deliveries. The use of SLOs (Safety Learning Opportunities) and Personal Engagement profiling empowered individual workers. It demonstrates the power of effective employee engagement.

"We are extremely proud that AB Agri’s Safety Learning Opportunities (SLO) Programme won the International Food and Drink Health and Safety Awards 2017.

"For our work to be recognised by IOSH was a great achievement and a very positive news story for the business and our people. Not only for our teams who support, promote and implement the SLO programme, but also those who have submitted SLO forms and made suggestions on how things could be done differently to make their workplaces safer.

"Winning the award enabled us to promote the initiative even further with our employees, allowed us to demonstrate the value of the programme and encourage more people to get involved and submit suggestions for reducing risks."

2nd Place
Allied Bakeries, London. This year they got to second place with an innovative project on safety of Mechanical Handling Equipment in their warehouse which led to a two thirds reduction in incidents involving clamp trucks and pedestrians.

Runner up
Green Isle Foods, Portumna, County Galway, Ireland 4 entries including one that led to a significant reduction in exposure to flour dust and 3 which removed serious manual handling risks with rigorous approach to risk assessment and good use of internal resources to solve the problems.

"Being recognised by IOSH as one of the 2017 winners has allowed us to showcase some of our innovative techniques in our approach to developing low cost solutions to day to day occupational health and safety risks. It drives us even more as a team to continue to be proactive in identifying potential health and safety risks, to our colleagues and the work environment and getting practical solutions in place.

"We see worker satisfaction with the work done to date and how it has made their day to day jobs easier. It has also encouraged colleagues to bring their ideas forward so that we can continue to work as a team in maintaining high health and safety standards at our site.

"IOSH recognition for our approach helps us to secure senior management commitment and investment to projects that may be capital in nature."