IOSH awards launch to showcase food and drink industry’s safety successes

08 April 2015

Successful ideas that have improved the welfare of workers in the food and drink manufacturing sector are to be celebrated by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

The charity’s National Food and Drink Industry Health and Safety Awards aim to recognise organisations and projects that have produced a practical solution to, and made a positive impact on, a safety and health problem in the industry.

Past winners and runners-up will share their experiences during a launch event for this year’s awards, set to be hosted by IOSH’s Food and Drink Group.

Group committee member Doug Russell, who chairs the awards’ judging panel, said: “It’s about celebrating success, no matter how big or small. What might be a big success for some might be a basic step to another organisation, but if it has had results then that success should be recognised.

“We are looking for any health and safety project that has resulted in an improvement to occupational safety and health in an organisation. Whether it is something initiated by senior management or someone on the shop floor who just had a good idea, we want to hear about it.”

Irish food manufacturing company Green Isle Foods scooped the top honour at the awards in 2014, in recognition of their work to improve safety for staff on a pizza production line.

Those interested in entering this year can find out more about the awards during a ‘Winning with Workers’ showcase event at The Midland Hotel, in Manchester, on 12 May.

The free event will feature a presentation by Tim Marsh, of behavioural safety experts RyderMarshSharman, on the benefits of employee engagement.

Previous awards entrants and winners will also be on hand to share their examples of best practice face-to-face.

Mr Russell added: “The very act of putting an entry together is in itself a great way of celebrating success. Over the years we’ve heard that the simple and free process of submitting an awards entry shows workers that their efforts to improve safety and health are being noticed, are appreciated and are worth recognition.”

Entries for this year’s awards must be submitted by 31 July. The awards are set to be announced during IOSH’s National Food and Drink Manufacturing Conference, which is due to take place at the Chesford Grange Hotel, in Warwickshire, on 6-7 October.

Details about the awards can be found here and to register an interest in attending the launch event, email