Two year ban for transport manager who fundamentally misunderstood his responsibilities  CPC holder says he had concerns over operations but “hoped things would change” If your advice about the safety of vehicles or drivers is being ignored, what should you do?  If you know there’s a conflict between winning customers and being compliant, how should you respond?  At a recent public inquiry, North West Traffic Commissioner Simon Evans said it’s “scarcely possible” for any transport manager to have continuing, effective […]

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To support the publication of the latest guidance documents relating to working safely with ammonia refrigeration systems, FSDF is holding a briefing meeting, hosted by Maurice Young. DATE: 15th November VENUE: Nagel Langdon’s, Redditch TIME: 10:00 – 14:00 To reserve your place email info@fsdf.org.uk or call 0118 988 4468. This event is free to attend and places are limited, so please book early

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The Food Standards Agency has published its report and recommendations on its review of Meat Cutting and Cold Stores. The report, which has been submitted for final approval by the FSA Board on 17 October, comes after the high-profile incident of alleged practice failures at a 2 Sisters plant in July 2017 and a subsequent parliamentary Inquiry. The report looked at whether the rules in place for processing, storing and (above all) labelling meat products were correct and whether there […]

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THE HEALTH and Safety Executive (HSE) has urged organisations to embed their business and safety culture as one to enhance leadership. Speaking at Health and Safety North, Jane Hopkinson, Senior Psychologist at HSE encouraged firms to “embed” both cultures. “Health and safety culture and business culture are often seen in silos,” she said. “It’s about merging those two things together. If you’re talking about health and safety culture then it’s not engrained in your organisation and it’s still sitting in […]

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A Glossop-based company has been fined after a visiting tanker collided with a fork lift truck. Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 23 June 2017, a tanker was reversing into a tanker discharge bay at Dinting Lodge in Glossop when it collided at low speed with a fork lift truck. No workers were injured in the incident. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident found that the company had insufficient control of workplace transport, in […]

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Regulators have the power to take action against vocational licences.  Dealing with driver conduct issues is a key part of the traffic commissioners’ work.  Every day they receive reports about drivers who’ve done something that affects their conduct. This covers those who apply for new vocational licences as well as existing licence holders.  Many of the cases involve an offence that’s resulted in action by the police, such as using a hand held mobile phone whilst driving or drink driving.  […]

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With the number of Driver CPC Periodic Training attendees lagging compared to the previous 5-year training cycle, FSDF member RTITB, the UK’s largest Driver CPC Consortium, questions why. Results from the DVSA show in the 6-month period from January to June, the Driver CPC Periodic Training market is reported to have had 20% fewer attendees than the previous cycle, equating to more than 100,000 drivers. Up until February 2018, there were only slightly fewer attendees compared to the previous cycle, […]

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A logistics company has been fined after a worker died when he was trapped between a trailer and his vehicle. Dudley Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 22 January 2016, a Tuffnells Parcels Express Limited employee was fatally injured whilst attempting to attach a trailer to his vehicle. The trailer was parked upon a slight slope, which was enough to allow it to roll forward trapping the employee. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident found safety […]

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FSDF member Citation offer free events regarding HR & Health & Safety issues throughout October – click on the link for further information –  October events from Citation  

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The Food Storage & Distribution Federation has once again teamed up with the British Frozen Food Federation to bring together both sets of members for an industry event which affects anyone working at height on mobile refrigeration.  With expert speakers, case studies and practical demonstrations, this event is essential for  engineers, contractors, fleet managers and managing directors to understand their legal obligations should an accident occur and also to explore the solutions available to prevent falls in the first place. […]

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