Ahead of World Day for Health and Safety at Work 2012, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), has launched a new, free toolkit for employers to help their employees lead a healthier lifestyle.
Dame Carol Black, expert adviser on health at work at the Department of Health, supported the launch at Coca-Cola Great Britain's head office in Hammersmith, London. A tour of the onsite facilities and introduction to the team helped Dame Carol appreciate the company's long-standing commitment to workplace wellbeing.
Barbara Gallani, Director of Food Safety & Science at FDF, said: "Under the Public Health Responsibility Deal, FDF and many of its members pledged to take action to improve public health. In many cases this included a commitment to improve employee health. The food industry has long known the importance of looking after its greatest asset, its people. With this resource we hope to be an exemplar for other sectors."
Dame Carol Black, expert adviser on health at work at the Department of Health, said: "There is a wealth of evidence that shows having a healthy, engaged workforce brings clear benefits - for employees and business alike - with improved quality and productivity. Government alone cannot tackle the major public health problems this country is facing. The food and drink industry has a strong track record on workplace wellbeing, with many of FDF's members having already signed up to the Public Health Responsibility Deal. There is excellent work going on and we need to keep building momentum."
For more information about FDF visit: www.fdf.org.uk