WHEN it comes to health and safety, leading potato supplier Greenvale AP is top of the class, and it has the certificates to prove it.
Within the last two months, its Floods Ferry site has been awarded the Occupational Health & Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001 certificate.
This accreditation was developed by the British Standards Institute to help organisations meet and exceed their legal health and safety obligations within the work environment, protecting employees, customers and the general public who may visit the site.
Dave Boddy, health and safety manager for Greenvale AP at the Floods Ferry site, said: “As a responsible employer, we are committed to ensuring the well being of our staff. We employ around 300 people at our Floods Ferry site, all of whom are positively affected by the new accreditation.”
In meeting the criteria for OHSAS 18001 the Greenvale AP site has developed plans for hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control; a training programme for management and factory workers; and a definitive measurement and monitoring system.
Dave Boddy added: “Striving to maintain our agreed targets is something that every employee at Greenvale AP is responsible for from Director through to Team Member. It has created a real camaraderie and determination amongst the whole work force as well as actively improving the health and safety record on the site.”
Greenvale AP has also won these accreditations for three of their other processing and manufacturing sites - Tern Hill and Swancote Foods in Shropshire, and also Duns in Berwickshire.
Greenvale AP handles 600,000 tonnes of potatoes every year and supplies major retailers Sainsbury’s and Tesco, and key food manufacturers including Birds Eye, McCain, Young’s and Bakkavör.
Greenvale AP is the only fully integrated potato business in the UK; it breeds and develops new potato varieties, grows seed and ware potatoes, washes, selects and packs fresh potatoes for the retail, wholesale and food service sectors and peels, slices/dices and par-cooks potatoes for the food ingredient and ready meal sectors through the Swancote Foods business.
While a significant grower of potatoes in its own right, Greenvale AP also boasts the largest and most diverse grower base in the UK.