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NYFRS placed in the top three emergency services in the country for health and safety

21st May 2009

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (NYFRS) is celebrating winning its third consecutive national Occupational Health and Safety Award. The service has been awarded a prestigious Commendation for Health and Safety practice, by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), at its annual awards ceremony. This places them in the top three emergency service organisations in the country in terms the health and safety of both their staff and the public.

This is the third consecutive year NYFRS have achieved a RoSPA Award, having achieved the RoSPA Gold Award in 2007 and 2008. The Sector Award is a competitive award, the next stage on from the Gold Award. There were a record number of entrants for RoSPA awards this year of over 1,700.

Receiving the award, Chief Fire Officer Nigel Hutchinson said: “This award is recognition of the abilities and commitment of our staff. It is a clear indication that the service continues to move forward in an extremely positive manner that not only ensures the safety of our firefighters, but improves the service we provide to our local communities. The fact that the awards are judged and awarded by an independent panel of health and safety experts shows what an achievement this is for the whole Service.”

The competitive Sector Awards recognise organisations that have demonstrated the best health and safety management performance within specific industry sectors. Entrants must demonstrate a consistently excellent or continuously improving performance, with exceptional standards of health and safety management.

To gain the award, NYFRS had to go through a rigorous process and demonstrate that it had safe working practices throughout the service. The award builds on the operational reputation of the service which has previously been acknowledged and accredited by the Audit Commission.

David Rawlins, RoSPA Awards Manager said: “North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has shown a commitment to protecting the health and well-being of its employees and others. Entering the RoSPA Awards reinforces the message that good health and safety is good for business, and clearly demonstrates an organisation’s dedication to improving performance in this crucial area.”

The RoSPA Awards are not just about reducing the number of accidents and cases of ill-health at work; they help ensure that organisations have good health and safety management systems in place.
In the current economic climate, awards are more important than ever because they demonstrate that employers care about their employees and will not let their standards of health and safety practice slip even if times are tough.

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