20 May 2024, 10:07
By Furniture News Apr 22, 2022

Vita celebrates dual safety award wins 

Two Vita Comfort manufacturing sites, which are part of The Vita Group, one of Europe's leading providers of flexible polyurethane foam, have won prestigious health and safety awards for work undertaken to protect employees from the risk of injury and ill health. 

Vita Comfort‘s Middleton site (pictured), which provides premium products and services to the bedding and furniture sectors, received an International Safety Award from the British Safety Council, and the UK Usleep team have also been officially recognised with a Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) award.  

The International Safety Award from the British Safety Council was presented in recognition of Middleton’s commitment to keeping its workers and workplaces healthy and safe during the 2021 calendar year.

Vita is also celebrating Usleep’s achievement of regaining a RoSPA award. This was the second year in a row that Usleep has been presented with a RoSPA award, which is one of the most prestigious and recognised health & safety schemes in the world.

Usleep produces a range of foam, spring and hybrid mattresses for several of the UK's leading mattress retailers and bed-in-a-box brands. 

The team at USleep's Ashton-under-Lyne facility

Ian Robb, CEO of The Vita Group, says: “Safety is a primary focus for us at Vita and we’re committed to providing the very best working environment for our staff, suppliers, and stakeholders. As these awards prove, we are really leading the way with our approach to safety - an approach that involves not just effectively minimising everyday onsite risks but also supporting the mental health and general wellbeing of our colleagues.  

“These awards are a real testament to the hard work our teams put in every day to ensuring that our staff are as safe, comfortable and protected as possible. These awards are in recognition of our 2021 activities, which included a lot of additional effort that was required to meet the unique issues presented by the pandemic. I am proud to say that all our teams rose to this challenge incredibly and it is wonderful to see them recognised by multiple leading health and safety authorities.” 

Mike Robinson, chief executive of the British Safety Council, congratulated Vita Middleton on its success in winning an International Safety Award 2022 with a Merit, saying: “The British Safety Council applauds The Vita Group’s Middleton site on their achievement. The award is in recognition of their commitment and hard work to keep their employees and workplaces free of injury and ill health.  

“The vision of British Safety Council is that no-one should be injured or made ill through their work – anywhere in the world. Achieving this requires more than complying with legislation – it means people committed not only to health and safety, but also increasingly to workplace wellbeing, and impelling others to follow suit."

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