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North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service makes it "three in a row" with another prestigious RoSPA Award

6th May 2009

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (NYFRS) is celebrating winning a prestigious RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Award for the third year in a row.

The Major Award in the Emergency Services Sector for 2009 will be presented to NYFRS, as one of the top three in its sector for occupational health and safety. NYFRS will receive the award at a ceremony in Birmingham on Thursday 14th May, held alongside Health and Safety Expo 2009, Europe’s leading annual health and safety exhibition. In both 2007 and 2008, NYFRS won the RoSPA Gold Award.

Chief Fire Officer Nigel Hutchinson said: “I am proud to say that we have again received a RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Award. The awards are highly regarded across the private and public sectors and not just within the Fire and Rescue Service. The fact that this is the third successive year we have gained one of RoSPA’s prestigious awards is a testament to the hard work of all those involved in securing this impressive result and I congratulate them all.”

David Rawlins, RoSPA Awards Manager said: “North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has shown a commitment to protecting the health and well-being of its employees and others. Entering the RoSPA Awards reinforces the message that good health and safety is good for business, and clearly demonstrates an organisation’s dedication to improving performance in this crucial area.”

The RoSPA Awards are not just about reducing the number of accidents and cases of ill-health at work; they help ensure that organisations have good health and safety management systems in place.

In the current economic climate, awards are more important than ever because they demonstrate that employers care about their employees and will not let their standards of health and safety practice slip even if times are tough.

The RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards are sponsored by the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH), the leading health and safety professional examining body. The majority of awards are non-competitive and mark achievement which is graded as merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Organisations maintaining high standards can win gold medals, President’s Awards and Orders of Distinction.

Station Manager Jane Proud, Health and Safety Officer for NYFRS said: “It is hard work gathering all of the information necessary to achieve the award, so the Health and Safety Team has worked with many other sections within the Service to achieve this award. I must thank the staff of NYFRS who have embraced the culture that we are trying to foster, aiming to reduce numbers of both personal and vehicle accidents.

“We are delighted to be recognised as being in the top three for occupational health and safety in the emergency services sector and we are now eagerly awaiting the ceremony to find what our exact position is. Whether we are first, second or third, this is still a truly great achievement.”

Competitive awards go to the best entries in 21 industry sectors such as construction, healthcare, transport and logistics, engineering, manufacturing and education. There are special awards for workforce involvement, training, occupational health, environmental health, environmental management and the management of road risk. RoSPA’s top accolade is the Sir George Earle Trophy.

These competitive awards will be presented during three days of awards ceremonies from 12th to 14th May in Birmingham.

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