|Heinz recognised at top health and safety awards
Europe’s largest food factory, Heinz, has been recognised for improving the health and safety of its employees.
The UK and Ireland food manufacturing facility, based at Kitt Green, near Wigan, finished second place at the National Food and Drink Health and Safety Awards 2013.
The awards are held during the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) national food and drink manufacturing conference.
A team from Heinz picked up the accolade for the development of its ‘Clued Up’ campaign, designed to encourage workers to think what they could do differently to reduce the risk of injury.
Jackie Wooldridge, chairman of the IOSH Food and Drink Group, which brings together health and safety professionals within the sector to share ideas and best practice, said: “Aspects that singled this initiative out for the judges from other behavioural change programmes included the fact it was developed in-house.
“The site safety representatives delivered the campaign with their fellow workers and it focused on employee’s working things out for themselves.”
She added: “The Kitt Green factory has been very successful in reducing accidents, so congratulations must go to Heinz. IOSH had a number of quality entries this year, and competition was tough, so to come second is a great achievement.”
The national food and drink health and safety awards celebrate innovative projects that have produced a practical solution and made a positive contribution to a health and safety issue within the sector.