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Morrisons is First to Gain New Training Accreditation from Royal Society of Public Health


February 19, 2009, Press Dispensary. Morrisons is the first UK organisation to join a new accreditation scheme from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), which is designed to endorse training programmes that support health, hygiene and safety.

The RSPH's independent experts have rigorously examined the food safety training programmes provided by the supermarket group to ensure they are of high quality and suitable for both staff induction training and specialist food safety training for a range of job functions. The content of the programmes has been confirmed as meeting the requirements of relevant National Occupational Standards and they are well designed, engaging for the trainee, and up to date.

Ensuring that each member of its 117,000 staff is properly trained in all aspects of safe food handling is crucial in a fast moving environment such as Morrisons, and the repercussions of poor food handling are far reaching.

Professor Richard Parish, chief executive of RSPH, comments: "In achieving this RSPH accreditation, Morrisons has demonstrated its commitment to the highest standards in food safety training, ensuring that its staff and customers receive excellent service. As the first UK organisation to receive this accolade for their training programmes, it should be justly proud of its achievements."

Morrisons will now be able to display its RSPH certificate in each store, and use the new accreditation kitemark, which demonstrates that its food safety training programmes have been closely examined and approved by an independent assessor.

Michelle Walker, Morrisons training manager, says: "This expert assessment by the RSPH has really helped us to enhance the quality of our training programmes, confirming that they meet recognised standards and deliver real value to the organisation. Having this accreditation demonstrates to our staff and customers our commitment to high quality training and we look forward to further developing this relationship in the future."

Other organisations that are interested in accreditation for their in-house training programmes should contact Anna Zilnyk at the Royal Society for Public Health for more information.

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About the Royal Society for Public Health
The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is an independent, multi-disciplinary organisation, dedicated to the promotion and protection of collective human health and wellbeing. Through advocacy, mediation, empowerment, knowledge and practice, it advises on policy development, provides education and training services, encourages scientific research, disseminates information and certifies products, training centres and processes. A registered charity that enjoys patronage of Her Majesty the Queen, RSPH is the oldest public health body in the world, with over 150 years experience in its field of protecting and promoting public health.

About Morrisons
Morrisons is the UK’s fourth largest food retailer with 382 stores. Its business is mainly food and grocery – the 'weekly shop'. Uniquely, Morrisons sources and processes most of the fresh food sold though its own manufacturing facilities, giving it close control over provenance and quality; and it has more people preparing more food in store than any other retailer.

Every week, 10 million customers pass through Morrison's doors and 117,000 colleagues across the business work hard each day to deliver great service. With competitive prices and hundreds of special offers, Morrisons saves its customers money every day.

For further information, please contact:
Anna Zilnyk, Royal Society for Public Health
Tel: 020 3177 1624

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Anna Zilnyk
Tel: 020 3177 1624