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Port of Tyne wins prestigious RoSPA Gold Award for second year

The Port of Tyne’s drive to continually improve safety standards has won the organisation another Gold Award.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has presented the Port of Tyne with a second consecutive Gold Award, highlighting the business’s commitment to excellence in health and safety.

The achievement of a Gold Award for occupational health and safety involves demonstrating an excellent health and safety culture within their organisations. They must show that they take a rigorous approach to keeping their workforce safe and healthy, and have excellent levels of compliance and control measures in place, particularly in relation to the main risks associated with their business sector.

The prestigious RoSPA annual awards scheme has recognised the Port’s commitment to health and safety. Last year the Port received a Gold Award for the first time after gaining the Silver Award in 2013.

Andrew Moffat, Port of Tyne Chief Executive Officer, said: “To be awarded Gold for the second year running is a real source of pride for the Port. We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of health and safety across our sites and this Gold Award is testament to how seriously we take that commitment.”

“Safety is the number one priority for the Port of Tyne and we are constantly working to improve our performance. This includes campaigns raising awareness, targeting common causes of injuries and encouraging near miss reporting.”

In 2012 the Port achieved the internationally recognised Health and Safety standard OHSAS:18001 for its safety management system which has been re-certified this year.

RoSPA’s mission is to save lives and reduce injuries, in support of this mission, the RoSPA Awards, which date back 58 years, recognise commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health prevention at work.

Through the scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants’ health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

David Rawlins, RoSPA’s Awards Manager, said: “The RoSPA Awards encourage improvement in occupational health and safety management. Organisations that gain recognition for their health and safety management systems, such as Port of Tyne, contribute to raising standards overall and we congratulate them.”

See www.rospa.com/awards/ for more information about the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards.

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