Housing association achieves health and safety award for 18th year running

A housing association is celebrating achieving a national health and safety award – for the 18th year running.

Broadacres achieved its first Gold medal in the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Health and Safety Awards in 1999.

The Association was recently awarded its 18th consecutive gold medal. Organisations that achieve a minimum of 15 gold medals in the row get an Order of Distinction.

Just over 70 companies in the UK have the Order of Distinction and Broadacres remains the only housing association to achieve it.

The award recognises the health and safety management systems that have been put into place to look after the health and wellbeing of staff, customers and anyone else who encounters the organisation.

John Blake, Broadacres’ Health and Safety Officer, said: “To continue achieving the gold awards, organisations need to demonstrate continuous improvement in health and safety.

Over the last 12 months we have introduced a number of new measures, including North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service carrying out training and awareness sessions to protect vulnerable people living in our extra care schemes and our services for young homeless people and those with mental health issues.

Despite the financial constraints placed on all housing associations, we have also been able to main our health and safety training budget, enabling us to deliver an enhanced level of training across the organisation.

We are delighted to have once again been recognised by RoSPA and now we have our sights set on achieving 25 consecutive gold medals, which will result in us achieving a new Patron’s Award.”

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 so we would like to congratulate Broadacres on their continued success.”

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. RoSPA is this year celebrating its 100th anniversary.

For more information about the RoSPA Awards visit www.rospa.com/awards