Openreach claim top international awards for health and safety


UK’s largest wholesale network provider recognised by Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)

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Openreach has fought off stiff international competition to scoop not one but three prestigious RoSPA Awards, demonstrating its commitment to health and safety excellence.

Recognised across all industries as the Oscars of safety awards, Openreach has come out on top in the following categories of the RoSPA awards:

·       Information & Communication Industry Sector Award

·       Fleet Safety

·       Best New Entry

The Information & Communication Industry Sector Award recognises organisations that demonstrate the best health and safety management performance. Openreach came out on top due to its health and safety programmes that help ensure  its people get home safely at the end of every working day. These initiatives include the Everyone Home Safe and Well strategy, Hearts and Minds safety culture training, Life Saving Rules and introduction of Tetra which help prevents falls from height.

Openreach also won a Gold Award in the Fleet Safety category for the work it’s doing to manage occupational road risk as a result of programmes such as its road risk management system, speed awareness courses, vehicle app and vehicle telematics which monitor and measure driving performance .

And finally Openreach came out on top as Best New Entry from those businesses that were making an award submission for the first time.

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The RoSPA Health and Safety Awards is the largest occupational health and safety awards programme in the UK. Now into its 67th year, the Awards have almost 2,000 entries every year, covering nearly 50 countries and a reach of over seven million employees. The programme recognises organisations’ commitment to continuous improvement in the prevention of accidents and ill health at work, looking at entrants’ overarching health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

While most awards are non-competitive – recognising individual organisations’ achievements – competitive awards are presented in 20 industry sectors and for specialist areas of health and safety management.

Mark Whitley, Safety Director for Openreach, said: “Safety without doubt is our number one priority at Openreach.

“The work we’ve been doing across the board to ensure that colleagues can return home safely to their families at the end of a working day is paramount and winning these prestigious RoSPA awards is recognition of that.

“To further improve our safety culture, we introduced our “Everyone Home Safe and Well” strategy along with our dedicated Hearts & Minds safety culture training for all Openreach employees, which is helping us to continue to embed our lifesaving rules and everyday safety behaviours across our business.”

Julia Small, RoSPA’s Achievements Director, said: “Accidents at work and work-related ill health don’t just have huge financial implications or cause major disruption – they significantly impact an individual’s quality of life. That’s why good safety performance deserves to be recognised and rewarded.

“We are thrilled that [insert name on certificate] has won a RoSPA Award and would like to congratulate them on showing an unwavering commitment to keeping their employees, clients and customers safe from accidental harm and injury.”

Sponsored by Croner-i, the RoSPA Awards scheme is the longest-running of its kind in the UK, and receives entries from organisations across the globe, making it one of the most sought-after achievement awards for the health and safety industry.