The Food Storage and Distribution Federation (FSDF) has a number of initiatives which focuses on its members’ health and safety performance, which aim to raise awareness and communication within organisations, as well as encourage greater accountability within all levels of an organisation.


The Federation’s Health and Safety Awards, which recognise excellence in health and safety on an individual and company wide level, invites members to nominate for three awards:

Individual Award – Recognises individuals whose contributions have made an exceptional difference to health and safety in their workplace.


Company Award – This award acknowledges an initiative, project or a new product which enhances the food storage and distribution industry’s health and safety record. There are two awards in this category, one for a full member company and one for an associate member.


Chris Sturman, CEO of FSDF, said: “Entries for the 2017 Awards were again of a high standard, and the results were due to be announced that the FSDF Annual Lunch, scheduled to be held 24th May at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United FC. Unfortunately, the lunch was cancelled at less than 12 hours notice after the barbaric bombing at the Arianne Grande concert at Manchester Arena on the previous Monday evening.


“The Annual Lunch has now been re-arranged with the earliest date being Thursday 19th October, and the Awards for the best FSDF Member Company and FSDF best Individual will be presented then. To avoid keeping all the contenders in suspense until October, we have now announced all the winners.”


The winner of FSDF Full Member Company 2017 is Brakes, Reading Distribution Centre. The judges said that this entry stood out, with a clear statement of the objective and identified the successful result of team engagement and staff turnover reduction.


Ian Harvey of Partner Logistics, Wisbech, won the FSDF Individual Award. Ian successfully designed and installed, with engineering and operations colleagues, a new bespoke safety system for high level working which eliminated the risk of working at height in a high bay cold store environment. As a result of this successful introduction, the system was then installed at three other similar cold store facilities, one in UK, and others in continental Europe.


The winner of FSDF Associate member 2017 is Marshall Fleet Solutions of Cambridge. Their Managing Director, George Ralph, was presented with their trophy at a recent FSDF Regional Brexit Workshop.  The Marshalls entry had shown particular evidence of identifying and providing specific successful solutions as an integral part of their service package.


Mr Sturman continued: “We are very aware and grateful for all the work that goes into the preparation of the submissions, and we encourage those who did not win this time, and the wider FSDF member companies, to keep up their focus on health and safety. We know there is a lot of hard work going on making FSDF member facilities a safer place to work, and are sure there are lots of other tales of excellence to be exposed and celebrated.”


To find out more about the FSDF’s health and safety initiatives go to