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TWFRS picks up prestigious RoSPA award
written by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 31st July 2017 at 9:54

Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service (TWFRS) is a winner at the RoSPA Health and Safety Awards 2017. This is the eleventh time TWFRS has achieved the award and having won the gold award for ten consecutive years it has also previously received the RoSPA President's Award in recognition of this achievement. TWFRS achieved the Gold award in the prestigious annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). They will be presented with the award during a ceremony at the Hilton Glasgow hotel on Thursday, September 14, 2017. The award was achieved during a special year for family-safety charity RoSPA, as it celebrates its centenary. 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. Assistant Chief Officer, John Baines, commented: “I am delighted that we are again successful in attaining the Gold Achievement Award. The award submission, coordinated by our Health & Safety Team, involved presenting evidence from many departments and functions across TWFRS in order to demonstrate the effectiveness of our health, safety and welfare management arrangements. “This award recognises our ongoing commitment to the management of health safety and welfare, across our organisation, an achievement I think, we can all be proud of.” 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. For more information about the RoSPA Awards visit
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