Total Foodservice scoops two international safety awards 2013
Catering wholesaler Total Foodservice, which operates across the North of England, has been honoured for its rigorous approach to health and safety at the International Safety Awards 2013.
The firm took home the prestigious company award – a recognition of a proven commitment to workplace health and safety – but Total Foodservice’s health and safety representative Radoslaw Kozlowski was also awarded the individual title of International Health and Safety Champion.
Radoslaw was nominated by Peter Kozlowski, operations manager for the Clitheroe site at Total Foodservice and was shortlisted to the final 5 out of 500 nominations. Attending the gala awards dinner along with his colleagues at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel Radoslaw was announced as the winner. He has succeeded in developing a nearly hazard-free working environment by focusing on a number of safety features, including bailer checks, pallet truck checks and plant checks.
The International Safety Awards, now in their 55th year, are open to organisations of all sizes across all industries and seeks to promote high standards of health and safety management practice in order to prevent workplace injury and ill health. Such incidents cost the UK economy upwards of £13billion per year according to the Health and Safety Executive.
Radoslaw’s manager Paul Nowell, operations director at Total Foodservice, said: “Radoslaw is hugely deserving of this accolade. He constantly shows complete dedication to not only executing and promoting the stringent health and safety regulations the company has in place, but also suggesting sensible amendments to those policies and managing the change throughout the business.“
“We were absolutely delighted when he was announced as the overall winner.”
On receiving his award, Radoslaw said: “I couldn’t have done this without the absolute support of my colleagues. My motto is: See it, Own it, Do something about it! (Sod for short) – all my colleagues are ‘sodding it’ now, but there’s always room for improvement!.”
Total Foodservice’s managing director, Simon Howarth, said: “These two awards are representative of how forward-thinking we are as a business and how much confidence all of our workforce have in each other and the policies we have to ensure they remain in a safe working environment.
“To be able to say we are an international leader in health and safety will also give our clients further confidence in our products and services. It’s a truly remarkable achievement and I’d like to thank the whole team, including Radoslaw, for their efforts.”