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27 April 2012

Food industry's new toolkit promotes health at work

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PRESS RELEASE

Ahead of World Day for Health and Safety at Work 2012[1], the Food and Drink Federation (FDF)[2], has launched a new, free toolkit for employers to help their employees lead a healthier lifestyle.[3]

Dame Carol Black, expert adviser on health at work at the Department of Health, supported the launch at Coca-Cola Great Britain's head office in Hammersmith, London. A tour of the onsite facilities and introduction to the team helped Dame Carol appreciate the company's long-standing commitment to workplace wellbeing.[4]

Barbara Gallani, Director of Food Safety & Science at FDF, said:
“Under the Public Health Responsibility Deal, FDF and many of its members pledged to take action to improve public health. In many cases this included a commitment to improve employee health. The food industry has long known the importance of looking after its greatest asset, its people. With this resource we hope to be an exemplar for other sectors.”

Dame Carol Black, expert adviser on health at work at the Department of Health, said:
“There is a wealth of evidence that shows having a healthy, engaged workforce brings clear benefits - for employees and business alike - with improved quality and productivity. Government alone cannot tackle the major public health problems this country is facing. The food and drink industry has a strong track record on workplace wellbeing, with many of FDF's members having already signed up to the Public Health Responsibility Deal. There is excellent work going on and we need to keep building momentum.”

Note to Editors:

  1. The International Labour Organization's (ILO) World Day for Safety and Health at Work focuses on the promotion of occupational safety and health (OSH) in a green economy. The ILO celebrates this day on the 28th April to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. For more information visit the International Labour Organization's website.

  2. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK's largest manufacturing sector. This industry is a major employer in the UK, employing up to 400,000 people and as many as 1.2 million in ancillary services.

  3. The new toolkit incorporates the latest Government guidance and general tips for promoting healthy choices, physical exercise, a sense of community and occupational health. It can be downloaded from the FDF website, along with additional free resources.

  4. Coca-Cola Great Britain's case study can be found on Page 12 of the toolkit.

More information

Photos and video footage from the launch event at Coca-Cola Great Britain are available to download from FDF's Flickr page.

Follow the toolkit's launch on Twitter via #healthatwork.

FDF press Team

Nicki Hunt on or 020 7420 7132 - nicki.hunt@fdf.org.uk
Rebecca Wilhelm or 020 7420 7140 - rebecca.wilhelm@fdf.org.uk
Avni Raval or 020 7420 7131 - Avni.Raval@fdf.org.uk
Anna Taylor or 020 7420 7118 - anna.taylor@fdf.org.uk

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