Derbyshire firms urged to enter health and safety awards

ORGANISATIONS from Derbyshire that wish to participate in the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2012 have a week left to register for entry.

Registration - which is taking place at www.rospa.com/awards/ - closes on December 1. Organisations that meet this deadline will then have until February 1 to submit their full entries on RoSPA Awards USB keys.

Dating back to 1956, RoSPA’s awards scheme is the largest and longest-running occupational safety awards programme 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. More than 30 organisations from Derbyshire were among the winners in the RoSPA Awards 2011.

The majority of awards are non-competitive and recognise entrants’ overarching health and safety management systems, including important practices such as strong leadership and workforce involvement. Competitive sector awards are presented to the top-performing organisations in around 20 different industries. There are also a variety of specialist awards.

The headline sponsor for the RoSPA Awards is once again NEBOSH (the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health). Presentation ceremonies will take place alongside Safety and Health Expo in Birmingham from May 15-17, 2012, and also in Glasgow on September 20, 2012.

David Rawlins, awards manager at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), said: “RoSPA has been recognising organisations’ health and safety commitment since 1956 and we are delighted that the RoSPA Awards not only remain a key fixture in the health and safety calendar but also grow each year. We are immensely grateful to all our award sponsors - NEBOSH, Westinghouse Springfields Fuels, GPIC, Allianz Insurance and BHSF - for their continued support.”

For more information, visit www.rospa.com/awards/, call 0121 248 2090 or email awards@rospa.com. Among the many helpful resources on the website is a new RoSPA Awards video.

The RoSPA Awards scheme has been announced as a finalist in two categories at the UK Event Awards 2011. The winners will be revealed at a ceremony at Wembley Stadium.