Barnsley Council receives RoSPA Order of Distinction Award for health and safety achievements

We’re celebrating after landing an internationally-recognised award for demonstrating high health and safety standards for 21 consecutive years.

We have received a Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Order of Distinction Health and Safety Award for working hard to ensure our staff get home safely to their families at the end of every working day.

Organisations receiving a RoSPA Award are recognised as world leaders in health and safety practice. Every year, nearly 2,000 entrants vie to achieve the highest possible accolade in the UK’s longest-running Health and Safety industry awards.

Shokat Lal, Barnsley Council’s Executive Director for Core Services, said: “We are thrilled to have received the RoSPA Order of Distinction Award.

“To have received a Gold Award for 21 successive years from a leading health and safety body demonstrates the strength of our commitment to the health and safety of our staff and residents, and we are proud of our record in this area.

“Our submission required a wide array of evidence to be provided across a full range of occupational health and safety management themes, and this would not have been possible without the hard work of a large number of staff across several services within the council. I would like to congratulate all involved for the deserved recognition of their efforts.”

Julia Small, RoSPA’s Achievements Director, said: “This is a fantastic and well-deserved accomplishment. All our award entrants demonstrate their unwavering commitment and passion for keeping people safe at work.

“By receiving this recognition, Barnsley Council join like-minded businesses and organisations worldwide which represent the very best in their approach to Health and Safety.

“I would like to add my personal thanks for all the work that it has taken to secure this well-deserved award – congratulations to all those involved who champion and drive up Health and Safety standards every day. You are a fantastic example to others in your sector.”

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