People before paperwork at Natures Way

By Rod Addy

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Natures Way has lowered accident rates by engaging employees in health and safety policy
Natures Way has lowered accident rates by engaging employees in health and safety policy
Natures Way Foods has put engaging all its workers at the heart of its health and safety policy, leading to an accident rate 80% lower than the food industry average, chief operating officer Richard Parr told Food Manufacture.

Parr said the Chichester-based convenience foods, prepared salads and fruit supplier, believed the best approach surpassed systems and paperwork.

“Probably the key learning for us has been cultural engagement,”​ he said. Such a culture had to be led from the top, he stressed. “We get different levels of management to do regular tours around sites, picking up on practices.”

Best practice

New recruits could discuss health and safety and raise concerns. An external training provider filmed people at work and reviewed videos with them later to highlight best practice. 

“We have refreshed our Institution of Occupational Safety & Health training for our managers and taken them through a health and safety culture workshop.

“As part of our culture journey in order to measure progress, we run an annual health and safety engagement survey for all staff.”

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