At the 2017 International Food and Drink Health and Safety Awards run by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, our safety reporting initiative was awarded first place.

Reducing safety risks is a key priority for our business and an area which requires continuous improvement. Our people are best placed to identify risks but we recognised that we did not have an effective system that empowered them to report and correct unsafe acts and conditions. We therefore created a new approach which allows them to identify what we call safety learning opportunities.

To launch the initiative, we undertook a business-wide training programme. This focused on enabling our people to take action and complete a simple form whenever they spot a risk, at either one of our sites or when making a delivery onto our customers’ farms. This means that concerns are raised proactively and can be addressed before near misses or accidents occur.

This approach has been introduced at all our sites and, since the roll-out began in 2016, more than 4,000 safety learning opportunities have been reported.