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December 6, 2018

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British Safety Council awards Sword of Honour

More than 60 companies have been awarded the prestigious Sword of Honour by the British Safety Council.

A total of 61 organisations were awarded the Sword of Honour and 13 were awarded the Globe of Honour at a ceremony last month (November 2018) in London. The Sword of Honour is awarded for health and safety management excellence and the Globe of Honour is given for excellence in environmental management.

British Safety Council Sword of Honour group photo

The winning organisations came from a wide range of industry sectors in the UK, mainland Europe, India and the Middle East, including construction, education and training, energy generation, food and drink, leisure, logistics, manufacturing, retail and transport.

Among the winners of the Sword of Honour were Babcock Energy & Marine in Rosyth, Kingston University and National Express UK Coach.

“The Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour awards recognise and reward the organisations that have reached the pinnacle of health and safety, or environmental management, or both in the case of a very small number of companies,” said British Safety Council Chief Executive, Mike Robinson.

“The Sword or Globe of Honour is such a significant achievement because it also requires an organisation to demonstrate how they intend to continually improve in specific aspects of health, safety and environmental management.

“Moreover, exemplars in the management of health and safety don’t look at health and safety in isolation,” added Mr Robinson.

“They increasingly recognise that health and safety is an integral part of health and wellbeing. Professor Dame Carol Black articulated the importance of the link between health and safety when she said: ‘You can’t be a safe worker if you’re not a healthy worker’.”

The British Safety Council paid particular tribute to nine organisations that won both the Sword of Honour and the Globe of Honour. They were:

  • Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) UAE
  • Qatargas Operating Company Limited – Commercial and Shipping Group
  • Mount Anvil Ltd – Royal Docks West
  • Mount Anvil Ltd – Kampus Project
  • MACE International Technology
  • CLN Ireland
  • AMS Amsterdam,
  • BAE Systems Naval Ships,
  • Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP).

“We should remember, however, that the management of health and safety is not only about accident prevention,” said British Safety Council Chairman, Lawrence Waterman.

“For a company to be truly successful and for its employees to be engaged, committed and happy, it must create conditions where people are able to thrive at work. This is the true meaning of wellbeing and it’s our industry’s goal for the future.”

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