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March 28, 2015

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ROSPA awards and training: The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

For more than 100 years, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has been at the forefront of health and safety in this country.

rospaRoSPA dates back to a public meeting in Caxton Hall in 1916 it was decided to elect a London “Safety First” Council to tackle the “alarming increase in traffic accidents, and the direct connection therewith of the restricted street lighting which had been necessitated by the War conditions”.

That council would later become the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and early successes include the creation of the British Industrial “Safety First” Association to tackle workplace safety on a national scale.

Statistics for 1913 showed that 3,748 death and 476,920 disablement claims had been paid, an increase of 25% on the preceding year.

Absorbing demobilised men back into the workforce was proving difficult. 611 people were killed in accidents on the streets of London, a decrease of 8% on the previous year.

In 2017/2018, the registered charity trained or assessed 13,133 people across workplace, road, home and leisure safety and there were 3 million views of its website.

RoSPA’s vision is drawn from a respect for life and all that it contains – the freedom to enjoy personal choices, health, happiness, wellbeing, relationships, and a huge variety of life-affirming activities.

RoSPA Awards

RoSPA also hold its annual ceremony, including the Inspiration Awards, which are sponsored by NEBOSH.

These awards recognise individuals, teams and projects that are a source of inspiration and pride, and are worth shouting about.

The categories include the Health and Safety Team of the Year, for which entrants will be asked to lay out the reasons they feel their team is worthy of the accolade.

This might include outstanding levels of commitment, standout results, or delivery against difficult targets.  Each submission will be considered within the context that the team is operating, commensurate to the challenges they face, and environment worked in.

Another Inspiration award category is the Health and Safety Initiative of the Year

RoSPA’s panel of industry experts will select the winning initiative or project, using their extensive knowledge of industry best practice – with a view to highlighting the achievements of the winner to aid wider industry learning.

And there is also an Influencer of the Year award, which is presented to an individual who has made the biggest impact in health and safety either at work on in the community in the past 12 months.

In contrast to the Distinguished Service Award – the Influencer of the Year award rewards the efforts of those team members whose dynamism, enthusiasm and positivity has helped them influence others over a shorter period.

Latest ROSPA articles

SHP Awards – applications now open

We’re celebrating the achievements of the brightest and most passionate health, safety and workplace wellbeing professionals; from young, upcoming rising stars to our most influential ambassadors.

Re-focussing on accidents that don’t need to happen

As the return to work continues and businesses focus on being COVID Secure, Dr Karen McDonnell, Head of RoSPA Scotland, reminds us that none of the risks inherent in construction have vanished and should not be forgotten about.

WATCH: Safety & Health Digital Week webinar – ‘State of the health and safety profession and sourcing PPE during COVID-19’

This on-demand webinar provides an update on the current state of the health & safety profession, looking at how health & safety professionals are having to adapt to new challenges and working environments.

Occupational health and safety in the home

Around 8.7 million people said that they worked from home in 2019 – less than 30% of the UK workforce – according to a survey by the Office for National Statistics. The same survey also reported that only 1.7 million regularly worked from home.

Networking event: Driving for work – What’s the risk?

A joint ScORSA, RoSPA AEF, Women in Safety and Health event providing an understanding about Driving for Work and Managing Occupational Road Risk (MORR) and giving attendees the tools available to assist organisation in the management of risk.

British Safety Council respond to Queen’s Speech

The British Safety Council and other bodies have pledged to work with the government to protect and enhance workers’ rights, reform the regulatory regime for building safety and improve air quality.

Driver eye care – minimising risk

Stark Government statistics show that up to a third of all road traffic accidents involve someone who is working at the time.

NEBOSH announces Ambassador appointment

Lord Jordan of Bournville has been announced as a NEBOSH Ambassador in a newly improved programme.

Staying safe on the road, with RoSPA

Charlene Trussler, Health, Safety and Compliance Manager, from Clarion Response explains how entering the RoSPA Awards is helping to keep its drivers safe.

RoSPA Awards 2020: registration open

The international RoSPA Health and Safety Awards 2020 are now open for registration. Register before October 31 to take advantage of early-bird discounts.

Arco Innovation Award 2019, Meet the judges

Discover more about the panel of judges that has been assembled to peruse over the shortlisted finalists of the recently launched Arco Innovation Award.

RoSPA shows how aligning thoughts can help drive policy excellence

‘Whilst freedom from harm is the key goal for the society and that work accidents and ill health don’t need to happen: equally we all have a responsibility to adopt a balanced approach to health and safety – and this should encompass work life balance and a whole life view to the prevention of accidents.’

Getting conditions right for people to thrive

ROSPA has highlighted fatigue and sleep management of one of the big safety issues going forward.

Brett Edkins wins SHP’s Rising Star Construction Industry Award

Brett Edkins, Health & Safety Manager at Grangewood, was rewarded for his health & safety, and veterans programme.

Is it drivers or managers that create the biggest road risk in an organisation? Why MORR behavioural change is needed

95% of traffic accidents are caused by human error and it’s usually 5% of the drivers within your business that account for 30% of your violations, according to RoSPA.

RoSPA experts speak about training, driver behaviour, MORR and organisational sustainability

Safety experts representing RoSPA will be available to answer visitor questions at Safety & Health Expo, taking place at London’s ExCeL from 18-20 June.

Electric vehicles: How safe are they?

Although electric vehicles are helping with the reduction of air pollution, could thier eagerness of noise pollution be putting people at risk?

RoSPA links up with ‘Get a Grip’ ladder safety campaign 

RoSPA has joined The Ladder Association’s ‘Get a Grip’ ladder safety campaign to highlight the impact a fall from height a can have on family and friends.

Mandatory vehicle speed limiters ‘landmark day for safety’

Campaigners have hailed a decision by the EU to introduce vehicle speed limiters as a ‘landmark day for safety’.

Water safety: New guidance released to prevent inland water drownings

Around two thirds of all drowning deaths in the UK happen at inland waters, with 1,029 people being killed in accidental drownings in the UK between 2012 and 2016

Embedding safety culture into an organisation

Every year RoSPA sees that the higher-achieving organisations are those with embedded safety cultures – from top to bottom and director level to the shop floor. So what’s the best way to make this happen in your organisation? Dr Karen McDonnell discusses.

The RoSPA Health & Safety Awards return for 2019

Organisations of all shapes and sizes from across the globe can now apply for the chance to receive a prestigious award.

Evolution or Revolution?

Dr Karen McDonnell, Occupational Health & Safety Policy Adviser at RoSPA, takes a look at the importance of innovative thinking.

‘Innovative thinking is critical in meeting the global challenge of reducing the toll of accidents and occupational disease’

Dr Karen McDonnell, Occupational Health & Safety Policy Adviser at RoSPA, highlights the need for innovation but reflects on the unfinished business we have in terms of OHS performance improvement.

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