City council celebrates golden success in H & S awards

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Issued: 13/04/12

The city council has struck gold for its health and safety practices in a national award programme.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council, has had its approach to the prevention of accidents and ill health recognised in the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2012.

The Gold award will now be presented at a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, at the National Exhibition Centre, on Thursday May 17, 2012.

This is the second year the city council has achieved gold status in this category. If this is maintained for a total of five consecutive years in total the council will receive a gold medal.

Dating back to 1956, the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards scheme is the largest and longest-running programme of its kind in the UK. It recognises commitment to accident and ill health prevention and is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas.

The scheme does not just look at accident records, but also entrants’ health and safety management systems, including important practices such as strong leadership and workforce involvement.

Councillor Paul Shotton, cabinet member for transformation and resources, said: “The health and safety and wellbeing of staff is of paramount importance to us and guides how we undertake a number of our procedures. To receive recognition from a national awards programme as prestigious as this is a testament to the hard work undertaken at all levels across the city council.”

David Rawlins, awards manager at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), a safety charity with a 95-year history, said: “The RoSPA Awards programme provides well-deserved recognition for the winners and spurs on other organisations to raise their standards of accident and ill health prevention. We congratulate Stoke-on-Trent City Council on its success and encourage it, and all our other winners, to remain committed to safety and health, an approach that is well recognised to be good for workers and the bottom line.”

The majority of RoSPA’s awards are non-competitive, marking achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Organisations maintaining high standards can win gold medals, president’s awards and orders of distinction.

Competitive awards are presented in more than 20 sectors, and specialist awards recognise excellence in specific areas, such as the management of occupational road risk.

The headline sponsor for the RoSPA Awards 2012 is the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH). Sponsors of specialist trophies are: The Workforce Involvement in Safety and Health Trophy - Westinghouse Springfields Fuels Ltd; The International Dilmun Environmental Award - Gulf Petrochemicals Industry Company of Bahrain; The Managing Occupational Road Risk Trophy - Allianz Insurance plc; The SME Assistance Trophy - BHSF; and, The Astor Trophy (occupational health) - airsweb.

Three days of award ceremonies and three gala evening dinners will be held in Birmingham from May 15 to 17, alongside Safety and Health Expo 2012, which is Europe’s leading annual health and safety exhibition. An award ceremony and gala dinner will also take place in Glasgow on September 20. See www.rospa.com/awards/ for more information about the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards.

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For more details on the awards follow this link.
www.rospa.com/awards/whichaward/achievement-awards.aspx