Safety first: It’s a double helping of awards success for Total Foodservice

Catering wholesaler Total Foodservice has secured two internationally recognised health and safety accolades.

For the sixth year running, the firm joins 500 businesses across the globe in receiving an International Safety Award from the British Safety Council (BSC) for demonstrating commitment and determination to prevent workplace injuries and work-related ill health. Total Foodservice was awarded five stars in its Safety Council Audit.

Paul Nowell, operations and health and safety director of Total Foodservice, which has premises in Clitheroe and Huddersfield, said: “Five stars is a huge accomplishment, especially for a smaller local business like ours. We’re extremely proud. All staff at Total Foodservice take responsibility for health and safety in the workplace.”

Alex Botha, chief executive of the British Safety Council, commented: “The success criteria for our International Safety Awards is challenging and reflects the importance of ensuring risks of injury and ill health in the workplace are properly controlled. We are proud of our association with Total Foodservice and its commitment to keeping its employees and workplaces healthy and safe.”

The second accolade for Total Foodservice is a prestigious Occupational Health and Safety Silver Award from RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) – the third time Total Foodservice has won this award.

The RoSPA award will be presented at a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel, on July 13, as the event marks 60 years of presenting highly-regarded and sought after accolades to businesses and organisations which have shown commitment to accident and ill-health prevention.

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of awards and events, said: “This award raises the bar for other organisations to aspire to.”

Simon Howarth, MD of Total Foodservice, said: “It’s a rather astonishing achievement for a small business to have this level of international recognition from bodies such as RoSPA and the BSC. The fact we are sustaining these high levels of achievement is a big point of pride for the business and all individuals involved.

“We are rubbing shoulders with large blue-chip organisations in being handed these awards and to reach these levels speaks volumes about our outstanding staff. I’m extremely proud and I thank the whole workforce for their commitment.”

Total Foodservice is a fifth-generation family business serving the North of England with frozen, chilled and ambient foods as well as non-food and cleaning products; it is a member of the 17-strong Fairway Foodservice buying group.

Pictured above, left to right: Peter Kozlowski, operations and facilities manager, Total Foodservice; Mike Robinson, chief executive, British Safety Council; Katie Cuerden, finance director, Total; and Paul Nowell, operations and health & safety director, Total.

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