Safety sword win for Preston’s Community Gateway

PRESTON’S Community Gateway Association (CGA) has won a top safety award — the Sword of Honour — from the British Safety Council (BSC).

A sword might seem a curious symbol for a health and safety award. Nonetheless, the Sword of Honour is given to companies that have demonstrated excellence in the management of health and safety risks at work. CGA was one of 61 organisations worldwide to receive the honour.

To compete for the accolade, the organisations first had to achieve the maximum five stars in the BSC’s health and safety management audit scheme in the period August 2017 – July 2018. They have also demonstrated to an independent panel of experts that they are excellent in their health and safety management throughout the business – from the shop floor to the boardroom.

“At CGA we put the health and safety of our colleagues and tenants at the heart of everything we do, and everyone is delighted to receive this award in recognition of our hard work and commitment to achieving health and safety excellence,” said Rob Wakefield, CGA’s chief executive. “We will seek to maintain our strong track record in this area, while also managing the social and environmental impact of the organisation.”

Lawrence Waterman, the BSC’s chairman, said: “On behalf of the board of trustees and staff of the British Safety Council I would like to congratulate CGA on achieving the very highest standards of health, safety management.

“Excellence at this level is very hard won. We are proud to have supported you in your achievements, and I am delighted that you have chosen to celebrate with us today.”

Mike Robinson, the BSC’s chief executive, added: “I would like to congratulate CGA and its staff for their huge commitment to keeping their workplace safe and healthy and minimising risks to the environment from their organisations’ day-to-day activities.

“All of the Sword winning organisations share a commitment and resolve to achieve the highest standards of health and safety management. We are delighted that they are partners in helping achieve our vision that no-one should be injured or made ill at work.”



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