Suffolk County Council receives RoSPA award

Councillor Colin Spence
Councillor Colin Spence

Suffolk County Council has been awarded Silver at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2014.

The Silver award in the prestigious annual scheme run by RoSPA was presented during a ceremony at ExCeL London.

The awards celebrate the excellence of occupational health and safety practice across businesses in the UK. Suffolk County Council aspires to be an exemplar employer and has worked hard to continually improve the safety, health and wellbeing of its staff, service users and the people of Suffolk.

In recognition of this, the council won a RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Silver award.

In 2013, the county council produced a three year health and safety strategy which set out the core themes and risk priorities to be developed in order to build on the positive work carried out in recent years.

This strategy is reviewed annually. Significant areas of work have been undertaken including the development of guidance on topics including fire, using computers, driving for work and contract management, as well as a mental health policy.

Councillor Colin Spence, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for public protection and cabinet lead for health and safety, said: “This RoSPA Silver Award is a credit to the hard work across all areas of Suffolk County Council over recent years.

“The council is seeking to continually improve the safety, health and wellbeing of staff, clients and all others who come into contact with the council.

“A positive and improving health and safety culture needs to be at the core of every organisation and the county council is no exception to that.”

Key performance measures have been established and monitored over the year by the Suffolk Health and Wellbeing (SHAW) Board. Also the majority of senior managers and county councillors received specific health and safety training relevant to their roles.

RoSPA states that “Silver Award winners have achieved a high level of performance underpinned by good management systems which are delivering consistent improvement and are working towards the level of excellence required for a Gold Award”.