The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has announced this year’s winners in the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards.

The first organisations to receive their awards from the safety charity attended ceremonies and gala banquets at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole last week (May 14-15). For the first time, RoSPA is hosting ceremonies in three locations, with subsequent events taking place in London on June 17 and Glasgow on September 17.

Magnox Limited was presented with the Sir George Earle Trophy - RoSPA’s premier award - at a banquet on Wednesday last week.

This year’s sector award winners are: Chemical - Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company; Commercial and Business Services - Home Retail Group - Argos and Homebase Stores; Construction Commercial - Morrison Utility Services; Construction Engineering - Magnox Limited; Education and Training Services - Carillion Training Services; Electricity - EDF Energy; Emergency Services - North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service; Engineering Services - Nuvia Limited; Facilities Management - NORLAND; Food and Drink Manufacturing - Askeys; Forestry - UPM Tilhill; Healthcare Services - Serco Health Enabling Services - Wishaw General Hospital; Hotel and Catering - ARAMARK Limited - UK; Housebuilding and Property Development - Woh Hup (Private) Limited; Manufacturing - FMC Technologies Ltd - Dunfermline; Mining and Quarrying - CEMEX UK Materials Limited - Southern Readymix; National Defence - Naval Base Commander Devonport Naval Base; Oil and Gas - Bahrain National Gas Company; Public Service and Local Government - British Red Cross, UK Operations; Research and Development - National Nuclear Laboratory Ltd; Transport, Storage and Distribution - Northern Rail; Waste Management and Recycling - Studsvik UK Limited; and Water - Scottish Water.

This year’s specialist award winners are: Astor Trophy for occupational health - Chivas Brothers - Pernod Ricard; International Dilmun Environmental Award, sponsored by Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company - Skanska - Facilities Services; Workforce Involvement in Safety and Health (WISH) Trophy, sponsored by Springfields Fuels Ltd - Brookfield Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd - New South Glasgow Hospital; MORR Trophy, sponsored by Allianz - CEMEX UK Operations Limited - Logistics; MORR Technology Trophy, sponsored by Tesco Dotcom - Tristar Worldwide Chauffeur Services; the SME Assistance Trophy - British Woodworking Federation; and the International Sector Award, sponsored by airsweb - Woh Hup (Private) Limited.

Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA’s chief executive, said: “The achievements of RoSPA award winners raises the bar for health and safety management, and many other organisations will be taking note and following their lead. We send our congratulations to all our award winners.”

This year, RoSPA proudly introduced a new Guardian Angel Awards scheme which recognises individuals’ commitment to safety and accident prevention, displayed through personal initiative, diligence and enthusiasm. A total of 18 Guardian Angels and three Archangels - the highest level of award - received their awards at ceremonies in Birmingham last week, with more due to be presented at the subsequent ceremonies. The three RoSPA Archangels who received their awards last week were Beckie Ramsay, Richard Taffs and Elaine Davies.

Sponsored by NEBOSH (the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health), the RoSPA Awards scheme is the largest and longest-running occupational health and safety awards programme in the UK. It recognises organisations’ commitment to continuous improvement in the prevention of accidents and ill health at work, looking at entrants’ overarching health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

While the majority of awards are non competitive, competitive awards are presented in more than 20 industry sectors. There are also competitive awards for specialist areas, such as the management of occupational road risk (MORR).

This year, there were nearly 2,000 registered entries to the awards scheme, and judging is still ongoing for organisations hoping to receive an award in Glasgow in September.

The June 17 ceremony will be held at ExCeL London, alongside Safety and Health Expo, while the September 17 ceremony will be held at the Hilton Glasgow alongside the RoSPA Scotland Occupational Safety and Health Congress.

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