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Posted: 09/04/13

College’s safety standards rewarded

West Nottinghamshire College has had its approach to occupational safety and health recognised in an awards scheme run by the safety charity, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

The silver award in the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2013 will be presented in a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, at the National Exhibition Centre, on Thursday May 16, 2013.

Dating back 57 years, the RoSPA Awards scheme is the largest and longest-running programme of its kind 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.

The scheme not only looks at accident records, but also entrants’ overarching health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

The college’s health and safety manager Susan Fretwell said: “We’re very proud to have achieved the silver award for a second time. The health and safety team works hard to ensure that all staff are provided with up-to-date information, training and support to ensure they and students remain safe at college.

“It’s encouraging to know that staff take health and safety matters seriously and it’s everyone’s responsible attitudes towards policies and maintaining good practice which has helped the college to achieve this prestigious award.”

RoSPA’s awards manager David Rawlins said: “RoSPA firmly believes that organisations that demonstrate commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health prevention deserve recognition.

“West Nottinghamshire College has shown that it is committed to striving for such continuous improvement and we are delighted to honour it through the presentation of an award.”

The majority of awards that RoSPA presents are non-competitive, marking achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Organisations maintaining high standards can win gold medals, president’s awards and orders of distinction.