Bureau Veritas UK has taken home not one but two gold accolades at his year’s RoSPA Health and Safety Awards 2017.
The company achieved the Gold Medal award for the fifth consecutive year and the Fleet Safety Gold award in the prestigious annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
Key to securing the award wins, Bureau Veritas, among other things, developed a HSE National Forum in 2016, enabling business representatives from across the country to discuss industry issues and share best practice, as well as introducing face-to-face employee consultations to improve communications.
Following a review, the business also developed new training for engineers and surveyors to include more practical learning, having been deemed more beneficial than a classroom based course, while improvements were also made to the presentation of HSE documentation in order to be more helpful and relevant.
Most prevalent in respect of the fleet award win, 2016 saw Bureau Veritas implement a risk assessment which also allows e-learning modules to be assigned when additional learning is required, further enhancing its overall management of people driving for work.
Promising to be a prestigious affair, the business will be presented with the awards during a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel on Thursday, July 13, 2017. The awards were achieved during a special year for family-safety charity RoSPA, as it celebrates its centenary.
Kyle Veitch, TQR director (North West Europe) at Bureau Veritas said: “The internationally recognised RoSPA awards are some of the most sought-after accolades of its kind, so to win not one but two awards for the fifth year running is a major achievement.
“We are not a staid company, but rather an evolving one which is constantly adapting and honing its offering in order to ensure we offer absolute best practice amid the changing health and safety landscape. To receive such prestigious recognition is therefore a massive achievement and we’d like to thank all teams involved for their continued dedication and hard work.”
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. The awards are now in its 61st year.
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.
“This is a special year in the history of RoSPA, and we congratulate all of our winners in this, our centenary year.”
The majority of awards are non-competitive and mark achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Gold medals, president’s awards and orders of distinction are presented to organisations sustaining the high standards of the gold level over consecutive years. For the first time in 2017, the Patron’s Award has been presented to those organisations that have achieved consecutive gold awards for 25 years or more.
Competitive awards go to the best entries in 24 industry sectors including construction, healthcare, transport and logistics, engineering, manufacturing and education.
There are specialist awards for occupational health, environmental management and fleet safety, and excellence trophies for the best international, new entry, workforce involvement and organisation operating or based in Scotland. RoSPA’s top accolade is the Sir George Earle Trophy.
Headline sponsor of the RoSPA Awards 2017 is NEBOSH – the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health – for the 12th consecutive year.