Federation focuses on workplace safety

The Food Storage and Distribution Federation (FSDF) has set up a new committee to help its members reduce the risk of workplace accidents and fatalities.

Set up to tackle the high rate of accidents in the food logistics industry, which sees 200 people struck by forklifts and other vehicles every year, the Technical and Safety Committee will disseminate information about legislation and safety regulations, and share best-practice in the field.

Chris Sturman, CEO of FSDF, said: “Health and safety in the workplace is such an important issue, historically and currently, and the FSDF’s Technical and Safety committee represents the future. It demonstrates the prowess, knowledge and experience of highly professional individuals with a great depth of experience in the food and drink logistics supply chain.

“The committee is comprised of experienced individuals in engineering and refrigeration, as well as safety advisors and specialists who use their best practice to enhance services for FSDF members. The committee’s sole aim is to support and advise the FSDF’s members, and we’re delighted with their achievements so far.”

In addition to launching ‘The Loading Bay Safety Guide’, which highlights the hazards faced in the workplace and gives advice on how to avoid injuries and death, the committee will focus on a number of legislative concerns in coming months, including an initiative to ensure compliance to with EU regulations on refrigeration systems using ammonia.

“It is essential that the risks surrounding these systems are recognised and managed correctly to ensure any risks to the health of workers dealing with explosive substances are eliminated,” said Sturman.

Technical and safety matters will also be an integral part of the FSDF’s upcoming annual conference, which has been organised in conjunction with the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF).

The ‘Food Supply Chain Excellence – Challenges and Opportunities’ event will take place on 1 October 2012 in Nottingham and will include keynote sessions from government and manufacturing, covering a range of issues related to the current economic climate and the opportunities and challenges it represents to the food industry.

Breakout sessions will include a focus on new Climate Change Agremeents and ammonia-driven refrigeration plant regulations.

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