Scotmid Co-operative has won a prestigious national award in recognition of its excellence in promoting health and safety in the workplace. The retailer received a Silver Award at the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards on 17 September 2014 in Glasgow.
The RoSPA awards, which are open to businesses and organisations from across the UK and overseas, are an annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). The judges considered entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.
Scotmid’s Health and Safety team was praised for its modern approach to health and safety, excellent training programme and strong health and safety culture.
Over the past year, Scotmid has transformed its health and safety management system to a sophisticated and efficient online dashboard, which allows staff to see data in real time. The team also hold regular awareness-raising events for staff and visit all 350 stores each year to conduct training and benchmark performance.
Neville Muir, Scotmid Health and Safety Manager said: “To have been awarded the Silver RoSPA Occupational Safety award on our first attempt was a dream result. We knew we were working in the right direction, and this award proves it. This win is a team effort by all members of the Society working for not only themselves but, the business and customers too. We are already looking to 2015 and aiming for Gold!”
David Rawlins, RoSPA’s awards manager, said: “The RoSPA Awards encourage the raising of occupational health and safety standards across the board. Organisations that gain recognition for their health and safety management systems, such as Scottish Midland Co-operative Society Limited, contribute to a collective raising of the bar for other organisations to aspire to, and we offer them our congratulations.”
As the UK’s family safety charity, RoSPA’s mission to save lives and reduce injuries covers all ages and stages of life. In support of this mission, the RoSPA Awards, which date back 58 years, recognise commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health prevention at work.
The majority of RoSPA’s awards are non-competitive, grading achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Organisations that maintain high standards in consecutive years can win gold medals, president’s awards and orders of distinction.