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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

Fuelling the eco-driving conversation

Dr Karen McDonnell, Head of Global Relations at RoSPA asks: are your drivers eco-warriors or fuel vampires?

Indian manufacturing plant scoops fall prevention award

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents crowned L’Oréal Pune, based in India, its winner of its Fall Prevention Trophy.

In praise of older workers

Dr Karen McDonnell, RoSPA’s Occupational Health and Safety Policy Adviser, discusses the benefits of having older workers and the considerations

Rebecca Hickman appointed as new RoSPA CEO

RoSPA made the announcement today (26 March) following a unanimous vote by its Board, and with the backing of its Directorate Team.

The sound of silence

Dr Karen McDonnell, RoSPA’s Occupational Health and Safety Policy Adviser, discusses the importance of controlling noise in the workplace.

Driven to distraction? RoSPA’s Dr Karen McDonnell on driver safety

Dr Karen McDonnell, RoSPA’s Occupational Health and Safety Policy Adviser and Head of RoSPA Scotland, discusses the main risks relating to driver distraction and how to tackle them.

Errol Taylor steps down as RoSPA CEO

After almost two decades at the accident prevention charity, Errol Taylor has stepped down as its chief executive.

Where safety meets recognition, and excellence is celebrated: The 2024 RoSPA Health and Safety Awards

Now officially open for 2024, RoSPA Awards Standards Manager Matt Cryer, gives some top tips on entering the internationally renowned Health and Safety Awards scheme.

Carbon monoxide – the silent killer

RoSPA’s Dr Karen McDonnell, on the vital need to be aware of carbon monoxide risks in all spheres of life.

Webinar: Defensive Driving: Reducing the risk of collisions

Join our insightful webinar and explore defensive driving and its role in mitigating collision risks. Gain insights from our road safety expert and account manager on effective organisational approaches.

Engaging, explaining, encouraging: Managing COSHH effectively to prevent occupational asthma and dermatitis

Dr Karen McDonnell, RoSPA’s Occupational Health and Safety Policy Adviser and Head of RoSPA Scotland, looks at how health and safety practitioners can help prevent exposure to hazardous substances.

Tackling health risks in construction

Dr Karen McDonnell, RoSPA’s Occupational Health and Safety Policy Adviser and Head of RoSPA Scotland, is urging employers to look at ways to protect the health of construction workers.

RoSPA Awards 2023 – Photos, winners and summary of a celebration of safety excellence

On May 16th, 2023, the RoSPA Health and Safety Awards took place alongside the Safety & Health Expo in London.

Rules of the road

Dr Karen McDonnell, RoSPA’s Occupational Health and Safety Policy Adviser and Head of RoSPA Scotland, offers a reminder on recent changes to road safety rules.

RoSPA’s top ten tips to address fatigue at work

Dr Karen McDonnell, RoSPA’s Occupational Health and Safety Policy Adviser and Head of RoSPA Scotland, offers advice on how employers can tackle the vital issue of fatigue.

UK government ‘woefully out of touch’ on health and safety standards

Seven in 10 UK businesses are not willing to accept lower health and safety standards as part of the Retained EU Law Bill, according to new research.

Tackling the top five biggest driver behaviour issues

Dr Karen McDonnell at RoSPA, discusses the main risks relating to driver behaviour and how employers can help to tackle them.

Falls from height: Taking messages home

SHP hears from Dr Karen McDonnell at RoSPA who analyses the consistent dangers of working at height…

Key HS stakeholders urge Government to reconsider Retained EU Law Bill

Key voices from the health and safety sector are calling on the Government to scrap arbitrary deadlines of the EU Retained Law Bill.

Retained EU Law Bill debated in Commons – Repeal of laws is “alarming”, warns RoSPA

RoSPA says repealing or replacing over 4,000 pieces of law as part of the Retained EU Law Bill is “alarming” and is calling for a delay to its proposed implementation as Bill is debated in Commons.

Make people’s safety and health central to sustainability and business decision making, urge OSH experts

Covid-19 highlighted the need for safety and health leaders to be central to decision making and shaping the sustainability agenda, heard delegates at a recent symposium, in London. Health and safety journalist Tim Branagh reports.

Slips, trips and falls – emerging issues and methods of prevention

A recent SHP webinar around the issue of slips, trips and falls (STF) threw up a host of questions from our audience. Here, the panellists from the event respond to those queries we couldn’t tackle on the day.

A perfect match? OSH and ESG

How does health and safety slot into the corporate sustainability agenda? Health and safety writer, editor and speaker, Louis Wustemann, previews a symposium next month seeking to find out.

Is it time for a new focus on slips, trips and falls?

Ahead of a webinar on the topic this week, panellist Dr Karen McDonnell from RoSPA on why slips, trips and falls should no longer be ignored. 

Approaches to managing the risks associated Musculoskeletal disorders

In this episode of the Safety & Health Podcast, we hear from Matt Birtles, Principal Ergonomics Consultant at HSE’s Science and Research Centre, about the different approaches to managing the risks associated with Musculoskeletal disorders.

Matt, an ergonomics and human factors expert, shares his thoughts on why MSDs are important, the various prevalent rates across the UK, what you can do within your own organisation and the Risk Management process surrounding MSD’s.

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