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21 August 2012

Collaborative work with supplier improves safety across our supply chain

We have recently awarded DHL, one of our key partners, an award for outstanding improvement in health and safety, as part of our collaborative working approach with our suppliers.

We have recently awarded DHL, one of our key partners, an award for outstanding improvement in health and safety, as part of our collaborative working approach with our suppliers. DHL are the logistics partner for our Rank Hovis supply chain responsible for the transportation of all our flour to our customers. The huge improvements in their safety rates have largely been inspired and achieved by using a similar approach and method as our own award winning safety programme. By focusing on improving the safety of all their employees and working closely with Premier Foods, they have been able to help deliver a pace-setting and engaging process across their organisation. This has seen them reducing their accident rates significantly including their RIDDOR (reportable accidents) rate of six in 2009 to zero in 2012. Improved training for their staff, re-evaluation of risk assessments as well as ensuring clear management accountability for health and safety are just some of the ways they have achieved such a fantastic performance. Ian Paxman, Head of Rank Hovis Logistics commenting on the award said: ‘&##39;With 193 employees operating across seven mills and three depots the improvement in health and safety over the last three years has been a remarkable achievement&##39;. Mark Dunkey, Head of Operations Agri-food (DHL) commented on receiving the award: ‘I am extremely proud of the outstanding health and safety improvements achieved over the last three and half years on the Rank Hovis account. I have spoken many times about our journey to make tomorrow safer than today. The attitude of the team to embrace the change required to achieve this has been nothing short of phenomenal. Clearly for the improvements to be achieved you need fantastic people to make it happen. We clearly have some fantastic people in Rank Hovis and DHL who have worked together to get to this point in our journey.’
 
 


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