This trilateral Forum, set up in 2004, comprises representatives from HSE's Food Section, the Food and Drink Federation, other key food/drink trade associations and the main food industry trade unions. Meetings are held twice a year to discuss, prioritise and drive forward a range of health and safety initiatives, with members working together to further reduce injuries and occupational ill health. The Forum works with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) to organise an annual National food and drink manufacture health and safety conference.
The Forum is an expansion and cohesion of earlier liaison arrangements which existed separately between the HSE and the Food and Drink Federation, the main food industry trade unions and other food/drink trade associations.
The Forum's work is guided by a 'Common Strategy' document that sets out the challenges, objectives, progress to date and proposed action/targets that each Forum partner will undertake to further improve health and safety in the industry.