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College wins Order of Distinction in Health and Safety Awards

16th May 2011 <b>College</b> wins Order of Distinction in Health and Safety Awards

Calderdale College has been awarded the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Order of Distinction in the prestigious RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2011. The special award recognises the College’s achievement of the RoSPA Gold Award Standard for 15 consecutive years.

The Order of Distinction Award will be presented during a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel on Thursday, May 19.

The RoSPA awards programme was launched 55 years ago. The scheme is aimed at not only reducing accidents and cases of ill-health at work, but also ensuring that organisations have good health and safety management systems in place which include strong leadership and workforce involvement. Competitive awards are presented in more than 20 sectors, and specialist awards recognise excellence in specific areas.

Mike Metcalfe, Health and Safety Manager at Calderdale College, said “I am delighted that we are one of the first colleges in the country to be awarded the Order of Distinction. The award is recognition of the excellent approach of all staff towards health and safety at the College and to be so successful over a fifteen year period demonstrates our commitment to maintaining and improving standards”.

David Rawlins, RoSPA’s awards manager, said “RoSPA firmly believes that organisations that have demonstrated their commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health prevention deserve recognition. Calderdale College has shown that it is committed to striving for such continuous improvement and we are delighted to honour it through the presentation of an award”.

The RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2011 are sponsored by NEBOSH (The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health), the leading health and safety professional examining body. Three days of award ceremonies and three gala evening dinners will be held in Birmingham from May 17-19, alongside Safety & Health Expo 2011, Europe’s leading annual health and safety exhibition. An award ceremony and gala dinner will also take place in Glasgow in September.

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