Health & Safety update

CFA’s H&S Working Group shares factory floor experiences and best practice in managing the health and safety of the workforce. Using its data to compare accidents in the chilled sector and the wider food manufacturing industry (as defined in HSE annual statistics) it can be seen that, regarding health and safety, the chilled food sector is doing well, as the chart below shows:

‘Specified Injuries’ recorded by CFA members are on a long-term downward trend and their incidence is much lower than recorded by the HSE for the food manufacturing sector. This is good news and reflects the continuing attention health and safety receives in CFA member companies.

RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) accidents resulting in more than 7 days of absence have shown an undesirable increase in the last reporting year after a gradual downward trend from 2016-2021. While the incidence of RIDDORs in the sector remains far below the food manufacturing sector in general, the reasons for this trend need to be explored and ways found to reduce these accidents. After analysing the data CFA has identified several possible reasons for the adverse trend. One is the turnover of the workforce seen in recent years and the challenge of recruiting and training new operators. To address this, CFA is sharing company approaches to induction and training and drawing upon the experience of members in different sectors to learn from others and from what has been tried in the past when similar challenges have been encountered.

Phil Kelly, Group Head of Safety, Health and Environment at 2 Sisters Food Group and Chair of the CFA H&S Working Group: “The H&S Working Group was set up for members to share experiences and best practice. It is a forum where support and advice could be sought and is populated by like-minded individuals who strive to improve H&S performance within the sector and have a positive impact on the wider industry”

September 2023