North East Lincolnshire Council wins top safety award

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 21 Aug 2017

NORTH East Lincolnshire Council has won the Public Service and Local Government Sector Award in Occupational Health and Safety Management 2017.

The prestigious annual scheme is run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

Mark Smith, NELC’s occupational health and safety manager, was presented with the award at a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel.

Through the RoSPA Awards scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement. 

Mr Smith said: “Attainment of the sector award is recognition of improved performance and culture change over a number of years, further evidencing our on-going commitment to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of our employees and continuous improvement in occupational health and safety management. It is a fantastic achievement.”

The majority of awards are non-competitive and mark achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. 
Competitive awards, in which North East Lincolnshire Council were successful, go to the best entries in 24 industry sectors.

Rob Walsh, chief executive, said: “It is very satisfying to be recognised by RoSPA for the continued focus we give to the protection of our employees and the people we work with. 

“In an organisation as large as ours, health and safety is everyone’s business and it’s vital that we all play our part.

 Winning this award evidences our long-term commitment and serves as a reward to the importance we place on the wellbeing of our workforce.”

The award was achieved during a special year for family safety charity RoSPA, as it celebrates its centenary.

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards are the most prestigious in the world of occupational health and safety, and held in high regard around the world, as winning one demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record.  

Achieving the standard required is no mean feat, in what is a special year in the history of RoSPA, and we congratulate North East Lincolnshire Council in this, our centenary year.”

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