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Ceramic Industry rewards health & safety high flyers

At the British Ceramic Confederation’s annual conference, winners of health and safety in the workplace included Churchill, Portmeirion and Steelite

More than 160 members of the British Ceramic Confederation championed the importance of health and safety in the workplace at the industry’s annual conference, on Thursday (October 16th).

The show of strength for the Health and Safety Pledge Conference placed the safety of staff and customers as an industry priority, and recognised examples of outstanding practice with the presentation of a series of awards.

In addition, high profile guest speakers at the Stoke-on-Trent Moat House Hotel included Acting Deputy Chief Executive of the Health and Safety Executive, David Ashton and Polar Explorer Alan Chambers MBE.

Award winners included major industry players such as Ibstock Brick, Ideal Standard, Churchill, Portmeirion, Steelite International and Wienerberger as well as smaller companies such as Cheadle-based Vulcan Refractories.

Meanwhile, four individuals were singled out for distinguished service awards in recognition of their outstanding contribution to workplace health and safety. They were: Mario Lombardo, Fred White and Steve Hopkins all of Ibstock Brick who had devoted decades of their careers to the cause, and Karen Coates of Ideal Standard who was credited with championing safety procedures to the workforce. Each received a specially commissioned Moorcroft vase in recognition of their service.

British Ceramic Confederation Deputy Chief Executive, Francis Morrall explained: “This is the 12th Health and Safety Pledge Conference and each year it grows in strength. It is the perfect opportunity to share ideas and remind ourselves of the great responsibility we have as employers to keep people safe and secure.

“The conference rewards and shares good practice demonstrated across the industry in the last 12 months from the perspective of individual companies and employees at all levels of a business – people who have really gone the extra mile and made a difference.

“Each year the event aims to be more informative, poignant, inspirational and entertaining, while the awards recognise peoples’ commitment to the continuing improvement of Health and Safety standards.”

The British Ceramic Confederation represents the collective interests of all sectors of the UK ceramics manufacturing industry.

The British Ceramic Confederation safeguards the industry's prosperity, acting on its behalf in discussions and negotiations with government and public authorities.

Its 100 member companies together comprise over 90% of the UK ceramic industry's manufacturing capacity. The wide range of products include:
• domestic and commercial tableware and giftware
• sanitaryware, wall - and floor - tiles
• bricks, clay roof tiles, clay pipes and land drains
• industrial ceramics and refractories
• material supplies for use in the industry

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