Broadacres achieve national first
Published by Neil Shaefer for Broadacres in Housing and also in Communities
John Blake and Gail Hodgson, Broadacres Human Resources Manager, with the RoSPA award.
Broadacres has become the first housing association in the UK to receive a national charity’s highest accolade for health and safety in the workplace.
The housing group has just won its 15 consecutive gold award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).This means it now has the RoSPA Order of Distinction, the highest award possible. The award was presented at a ceremony in Birmingham.
John Blake, Broadacres’ Health and Safety Officer, said: “In order to meet the gold award standard organisations need to demonstrate continual improvement in health and safety so it is testament to the efforts of our staff that over the last 15 years we have been able to achieve this.
“Receiving the Order of Distinction is the pinnacle when it comes to health and safety performance and we are very proud to become the first housing association in the UK to reach this standard.”
The RoSPA Awards scheme, now in the 58th year, is the largest and longest-running programme of its kind in the UK. It recognises commitment to accident and ill health prevention and not only looks at accident records, but also organisations’ overarching health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.
David Rawlins, RoSPA’s awards manager, said: “Organisations that gain recognition for their health and safety management systems, such as Broadacres, contribute to a collective raising of the bar for other organisations to aspire to, and we offer them our congratulations.”