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Business benefits of work-related health to be promoted at IOSH food and drink conference

Why investing in the safety and health of workers makes business sense is to be the focus of a major UK food and drink industry conference.

The National Food and Drink Manufacturing Health and Safety Conference is among a host of activities arranged by IOSH's Food and Drink Industries Group every year
The National Food and Drink Manufacturing Health and Safety Conference is among a host of activities arranged by IOSH's Food and Drink Industries Group every year

Delegates at this year’s National Food and Drink Manufacturing Health and Safety Conference will hear how some of the industry’s leading names have reduced sickness absence, improved productivity and created more resilient workforces through promoting staff health and wellbeing.

Experts will deliver latest-thinking around combatting fatigue in shift workers, catering for the safety and health requirements of an aging workforce, preventing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and developing safety leadership throughout a business whatever its size.

The two-day conference has been organised by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) Food and Drink Industries Group in conjunction with the Food and Drink Manufacture Health and Safety Forum.

Paul Fenner, chair of the IOSH Food and Drink Industries Group’s conference organising committee, said: “While the safety and health performance of the UK’s food and drink manufacturing sector continues to improve, there is no room for complacency.

“The conference reflects the challenges of being a leader in this very fast and dynamic working environment, and poses innovative and practical solutions to everyday issues that companies are facing.

“By businesses having a holistic approach to safety and health management and continually looking for the opportunities to improve, it not only benefits employees but the companies as a whole.”

The conference will be held at Forest Pines Hotel & Golf Resort in Broughton, North Lincolnshire, on 4-5 October.

It is aimed at anyone working in the food and drink manufacturing industry that has a passion for improving safety and health performance, including safety and health leaders, worker representatives and managers and consultants.

Delegates will hear from more than 20 speakers during the conference, including representatives from Marks & Spencer, 2 Sisters Food Group and the Bakers Food & Allied Workers Union (BFAWU).

The keynote address is to be given by Philip White, head of the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) operational strategy division.

Michael Evans, head of health and safety at Grimsby-based fish processors Icelandic Seachill, has signed up to attend this year’s conference.

He said: “The conference will provide useful hints, tips and ideas which anyone can take back into their business, irrespective of the size of their operation.

“I’m particularly excited that it is being held in the Lincolnshire and Humberside area as food and drink production is a major employer and contributor to the local economy. Events like this can help provide people working in the sector with new ideas to make a difference.”

This year’s conference programme can be viewed here. The winner of IOSH’s annual International Food and Drink Health and Safety Awards will also be announced during the conference.

To book a place, contact the IOSH Bookings team on +44 (0)116 257 3197, or email bookings@iosh.co.uk. Bookings close on 27 September.

 

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