Plant-wide strategy brings clear improvements and an award for Ardagh

Plant-wide strategy brings clear improvements and an award for Ardagh

June 16, 2017
Ardagh Group collects the Glass Focus Award for Health and Safety Action

A wide-ranging, all-staff initiative at its Doncaster plant saw the Ardagh Group win the Glass Focus Award 2017 for Health and Safety Action – sponsored by Flexion Global.

The Glass Focus Awards, organised by British Glass and supported by Glass Worldwide, celebrated achievement across the glass industry at a black-tie ceremony held in Leeds on 15 June.

Find out more about other winners.

In the Health and Safety Action category the judging panel was looking for a company that has demonstrated aspirational management of health and safety. Entrants were asked to explain the risks or issues that had been addressed, the difference their initiative had made and how staff had been involved. 

The Ardagh Group safety strategy implemented at its Doncaster plant has made the safety of every employee a priority. The multiple strand strategy – involving all staff – included initiatives such as each department collectively identifying its own key risks and having daily departmental H&S team briefings. The overall strategy has resulted in an open employee dialogue and a marked reduction in accidents.

The judges were particularly impressed by the leadership shown in this initiative, and its proactive approach to widening employee participation via a wide variety of methods.

The Health and Safety Action category was sponsored by Flexion Global – which manufactures and distributes high performance, cut resistant clothing, gloves and footwear for industrial applications – including safety wear for the glass industry.

Presenting the award, Nick Osborne, business development manager for Flexion Global said:

“Any industry’s productivity rests on its staff – so protecting them is paramount. We’re proud to support the glass industry in its quest to make the sector a safe and healthy place to work for every employee. It was a pleasure to present the award to such a deserving winner.”

Jenni Richards, British Glass senior health and safety adviser said:

“British Glass and its members are working to actively shape, measure and deliver continuous improvement in health and safety. I see a lot of good work in the industry and through the H&S committee. Ardagh’s achievements in the past year really are impressive – and a credit to the industry.”

Find out about the other winners.



British Glass is the industry’s representative body – providing insight, intelligence and leadership. It works with all parts of the supply chain to ensure that glass manufacturing, particularly in the UK, has the resources, influence and skills to remain commercially successful, innovative and sustainable.

The Glass Focus Awards are an annual event organised by British Glass and supported by Glass Worldwide. Each year the awards recognise and celebrate excellence across the glass industry.

Ardagh Group manufactures packaging for the world's biggest brands – operating across 22 countries. It has UK glass manufacturing facilities at Barnsley, Doncaster, Knottingley and Irvine.