Vertas wins RoSPA award

Vertas has been handed a prestigious RoSPA award in recognition of its practices and achievements in helping staff and customers get home safely at the end of the working day.

The national facilities management group, based in Ipswich, has achieved a Gold in the internationally-renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards, the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK.

This is the first time Vertas has applied for an award from RoSPA; key members of the 12-strong HSQE team at Vertas will be presented with the award during a ceremony at ExCeL, London on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

The RoSPA Awards scheme, which receives entries from organisations around the world, recognises achievement in health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

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Ian Surtees, MBA, Chief Executive Officer said: “Keeping people safe is at the top the agenda at Vertas and I’m so pleased that RoSPA have recognised the initiatives and processes my team has put in place. Achieving the gold standard at our first attempt is testament to their efforts!”

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of qualifications, awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards have become the key fixture in the health and safety calendar with new sponsors and new awards this year including the Leisure Safety Awards, the Safe@Work Safe@Home Award and the Inspiration Awards.

“Highly-respected, with almost 2,000 entrants every year, RoSPA award winners benefit from the wide-ranging rewards of improved sector reputation.”

The majority of awards are non-competitive and mark achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Gold medals, president’s awards, orders of distinction and the Patron’s Award are presented to organisations sustaining the high standards of the gold level over consecutive years.

Competitive awards go to the best entries in 24 industry sectors including construction, healthcare, transport and logistics, engineering, manufacturing and education.

There are specialist awards for health at work, environmental management and fleet safety, and excellence trophies for the best international, new entry, workforce involvement and organisation operating or based in Scotland. RoSPA’s top accolade is the Sir George Earle Trophy.

Headline sponsor of the RoSPA Awards 2019 is NEBOSH – the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health – for the 14th consecutive year.