Safety Awards deadline extended

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Nominations for the International Safety Awards are now open, with the deadline having been specially extended until February 9.

Now in their 57th year, these awards recognise organisations from around the world that have shown a real dedication and commitment to keeping their workplaces and workers healthy and safe during the 2014 calendar year.

Owing to the level of interest in these awards, the deadline has been extended to allow for further applications.

Open to businesses of all sizes and sectors in the UK and internationally – both members of the British Safety Council (BSC) and non-members – the awards seek to celebrate the difference the winning organisations have made in ensuring good standards of health and safety at work.

This year, high performing winning organisations will once again be nominated for additional ‘Sector Awards’, which recognise outstanding sites and business units within certain industries.

Applicants may also nominate employees for two special individual awards: ‘Health and Safety Champion of the Year’ and ‘Young Health and Safety Champion of the Year’.

Neal Stone, acting chief executive at the British Safety Council (BSC), said: “The International Safety Awards reward the winning organisations for their vital efforts and hard work over the past year in protecting the health and safety of their staff and others who could be put at risk by their day-to-day activities.

“Winning an International Safety Award allows an organisation to demonstrate its commitment to good health and safety management to its employees, business partners, customers and the wider public.

“By publicising their success, winning organisations can also help encourage other employers globally to give workers’ health and safety the priority it deserves; and spread the message that effective health and safety management brings real benefits for people, organisations and society as a whole.”

Last year, 524 organisations of all sizes and from a wide range of industry sectors and countries won an International Safety Award, including businesses, public and third sector bodies from the UK, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and the West Indies.