The British Safety Council has today launched its 2013 International Safety Awards scheme designed to recognise good health and safety management over the past year.

2013 will mark the 55th year of the International Safety Awards which have made a significant contribution over many years in promoting the benefits that well managed workplace health and safety bring.

These awards are open to all organisations, both members of the British Safety Council and non-members in the UK and overseas.

Last year 550 organisations won the International Safety Award including Aramark, Aston Martin Lagonda, Barclays Capital, Bovis Homes, GlaxoSmithKline, Green King Breweries, Indian Oil Corporation, Kier Construction, Larsen & Toubro, Scottish Power, Selex Galileo, SPIE WHS and Warburtons.

Awards relate to individual sites and business units and organisations can enter as many sites or business units as they wish. Applications must be completed online and submitted by the closing date of 25th January 2013.

Award applications are marked by independent chartered health and safety professionals appointed by the British Safety Council. Successful applicants are awarded a pass, a merit or distinction. Results will be posted to all applicants on 18th February 2013.

For 2013 the British Safety Council is introducing two new individual awards. These new awards are optional and free to enter. The two awards, for Health and Safety Champion of the Year and Health and Safety Young Champion of the Year, provide organisations with the opportunity to recognise and reward the contribution of particular employees who have gone the extra mile to make a real difference in helping to keeping work and workplaces healthy and safe.

Winning organisations and the two individual champions will be invited to the International Safety Awards banquet at Grosvenor House in London on 26th April 2013. Winners will enjoy a spectacular evening that includes awards presentations, a superb dinner, fabulous entertainment and dancing. The keynote address will be delivered by Andrew Sharman, director, Environment, Health & Safety and Risk Management, O-I Europe.