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SARH is a ROSPA award winner

Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) is celebrating winning one of the prestigious RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards in 2009.

The Gold award will be presented at a ceremony at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole Hotel at the National Exhibition Centre on Thursday, May 14. The ceremony will take place alongside Safety & Health Expo 2009, Europe’s leading annual health and safety exhibition.

David Rawlins, RoSPA awards manger said “SARH has shown a commitment to protecting the health and well-being of its employees and others. Entering the RoSPA Awards reinforces the message that good health and safety is good for business, and clearly demonstrates an organisation’s dedication to improving performance in this crucial area”

Karen Armitage Chief Executive at SARH said “We are just three years old as a housing landlord and we are proud of our achievements in ensuring the long term health and safety of employees and those who work with us and for us. Our Health and Safety Officer Clive Gill and our board champion Jason Holder join with me to represent the many staff in SARH who take health and safety very seriously and are committed to the highest standards.”

The RoSPA awards are not just about reducing the number of accidents and cases of ill health at work; they help to ensure that organisations have good health and safety management systems in place.

In the current economic climate, awards are more important than ever because they demonstrate that employers care about their employees and will not let slip their standards of health and safety practices even if times are tough.

The RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2009 are sponsored by NEBOSH (The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health), the leading health and safety professional examining body.

The majority of awards are non-competitive and mark achievement which is graded at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Organisations maintaining high standards can win gold medals, Presidents Awards and Orders of Distinction.

Competitive awards go to the best entries in 21 individual industry sectors such as construction, healthcare, transport and logistics, engineering, manufacturing and education. There are special awards for workforce involvement, training, occupational health, environmental management and the management of occupational road risk. There is also a trophy for the best organisation operating or based in Scotland. RoSPA’s top accolade is the Sir George Earle Trophy.

Three days of awards ceremonies will be held at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole Hotel form May 12-14. Gala dinners will be hosted by Lord Jordan of Bournville, RoSPA President, Lord Brougham and Vaux, RoSPA Vice-President, for the representatives of award-winning organisations, with entertainment provided by comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw.

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