The Co-operative Group and the British Safety Council join forces to reward innovation in keeping workers safe

January 27, 2011

Leading retailer, The Co-operative Group and international health and safety organisation, the British Safety Council are launching a new award scheme aimed at reducing injuries in the retail distribution sector.

Open for entries now, the award is aimed at suppliers and manufacturers of health and safety equipment and technology. A panel of industry experts are looking for innovative and creative products and technology that have the potential to prevent workplace injury or ill-health and be rolled out within The Co-operative’s retail distribution sites. 

Allan Jones, National Operations Manager, Health & Safety at  The Co-operative  explains just why these awards are so important to the organisation: “Providing a safe environment for our customers and staff is critical to the success of our business. We are extremely proud to partner the British Safety Council in this unique approach to finding new and innovation solutions.”

Neal Stone, the British Safety Council Director of Policy and Research explains further: “The Co-operative Group has an impressive track record as a socially responsible business and employer.  These new awards will have a significant and lasting impact in reducing the risk of injury and ill-health across the wide-ranging and diverse Co-operative Group businesses.”

Short-listed applicants will be invited to attend a competitive pitch on 10th May 2011 in front of industry experts at The Co-operative’s  Head Office in Manchester. Winners will be announced at a very special charity awards dinner later that evening in honour of the Francis House Children’s Hospice. 

Notes to editors

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About the British Safety Council

The British Safety Council is a registered international charity with a mission to support a safer, healthier and more sustainable society. Our range of initiatives, such as free health and safety qualifications for school children, is supported by revenue-generating activities centred on membership, training, audit and qualifications. 

The British Safety Council is providing every young person aged 14-19 in fulltime education with a FREE entry level qualification in workplace hazard awareness.

About Francis House Children’s Hospice

Francis House Children’s Hospice provides care for children and young people with life threatening conditions. This charity has been chosen as beneficiary for the Safe in our Hands award dinner in memory of Steven Burke, a young worker who was tragically killed in a preventable accident on a construction site at the age of 17. Steven was a huge supporter of Francis House Children’s Hospice, raising vital funds for their work.