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Backing safety

ROSPA AWARDS - Promotion: Enter RoSPA's biggest ever health and safety awards.

The search is on for more than 1,000 businesses and organisations to make 2002 a record breaking year for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents Occupational Health & Safety Awards.

NCE has joined forces with RoSPA to promote the awards programme which this year includes a focus on construction.

Any organisation, no matter how small, has the same opportunity of winning an award in a scheme which is 46 years old.

RoSPA director of safety policy said: 'The awards are not just about reducing the number of accidents and cases of ill health at work, they are also about ensuring that organisations have robust health and safety management systems in place.'

Sponsorship for the 2002 awards has again come from leading supplier of ready mixed concrete and major producer of construction materials RMC Group.

Executive director Mike Foster said: 'We are delighted to show our clear commitment to safety in the work place. Any business which wants its health and safety management performance to be taken seriously needs to be involved in the RoSPA scheme.'

Awards range from Merit, Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates to Sector awards and the ultimate accolade, the Sir George Earle Trophy. New this year is the Fire Safety Award presented by the Fire Protection Association.

Entrants have to submit evidence of the steps they have taken to ensure continuing excellence in their management of health and safety. Including information on the results of safety audits, key performance indicators and details of occupational health programmes is also a good idea.

Presentations will be made at two special award days in May.

For a brochure and entry details contact David Walker, awards manager or Jackie Bradley at RoSPA on (0121) 248 2000, fax (0121) 248 2001, email:

dwalker@rospa. com or go to rospa.co.uk. Closing date is 4 March.

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