We’re delighted to report further good news on the health and safety front: Briggs Defence has won two internationally recognised awards that acknowledge our efforts to keep people safe at work and we are in the running for a third accolade.
Our commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing of our team during 2019 has netted us a coveted International Safety Award with Merit from the British Safety Council.
The longstanding International Safety Awards recognise organisations from around the world that have demonstrated a commitment to preventing workplace injuries and work-related ill health during the previous calendar year. The awards also recognise organisations that appreciate the importance of wellbeing and mental health support at work.
The British Safety Council believes that ‘no-one should be injured or made ill through work’. Achieving this goal requires more than legislation, however. It is people who are committed to health and safety, and who are actively promoting wellbeing in the workplace, that are making a real difference – and in the process they are inspiring others to keep employees and workplaces free of injury and ill health.
We are also celebrating a RoSPA Bronze Health and Safety Award. This accolade acknowledges our hard work during 2019 to ensure that members of the Briggs Defence team return home safely to their families at the end of each working day.
Organisations that receive a RoSPA Award are recognised as world-leaders in health and safety practice and play a key role in helping to drive up standards and set new benchmarks.
Sponsored by NEBOSH – the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health – for the 15th consecutive year, the RoSPA Awards scheme is the UK’s longest-running H&S industry awards, yet many of the 2,000 entrants each year are from organisations around the world.
Finally, we have been named as a finalist in the 2020 Safety and Health Excellence Awards. The overall aim of the Awards, staged in conjunction with the British Safety Industry Federation, is to recognise campaigns that have led to significant improvements to health, safety or fire safety to people or premises.
In 2019 we were shortlisted for the Health & Safety Team of the Year accolade in recognition of our work on mental health support. This year we’re hoping to go one better and win the Campaign of the Year category with our ongoing programme to get people talking about mental health and provide support for our workforce.
We are working with the British Safety Council Mates in Mind and (Mental Health First Aid) MHFA England to ensure our people can recognise mental health issues and access the support they need for recovery. As part of the ongoing programme, our health and safety experts have produced a new guide on how to support mental health at work, which has been issued to all staff, along with toolbox talks on breathing, visualisation and chair exercises.
The Safety and Health Excellence Awards winners will be announced on September 22 at Vox, Resorts World Birmingham. More than 550 industry professionals are expected to attend the Awards ceremony, widely regarded as the main industry networking event, which is being held alongside the Health and Safety Event, Facilities Event, Fire Safety Event and Security Event at the NEC.
As ever, huge thanks go to our dedicated and hard-working health and safety team for their tremendous efforts to improve standards and ensure wellbeing in the workplace for the entire Briggs Defence team.