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RoSPA occupational safety awards 2000

THE Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is currently seeking entries from the mining and quarrying sector for its Awards 2000 programme, which highlights safety in the workplace.

Roger Bibbings, RoSPA's occupational safety advisor, said: 'The RoSPA Occupational Health & Safety Awards are not just about reducing the number of accidents and cases of ill health at work, they concentrate on how well a company's health and safety management systems work. We want to give credit for how much they have got right rather than how little they have got wrong.'

RoSPA says the increase in the outsourcing of work by larger companies means there has never been a greater need for an integrated health and safety policy. To reflect this change, the Society has spent the last two years refining its awards scheme. This included widening the judging panel to involve more industry representatives and creating a new award for excellence in the management of occupational health, The Astor Trophy.

RoSPA has also strengthened its links with RMC, who are sponsoring the awards for the second year running. The awards range from Merit, Bronze, Silver and Gold to the ultimate accolade, the Sir George Earle Trophy.

Presentations to the Award 2000 winners will be made during the Safety and Health at Work 2000 exhibition and RoSPA's Occupational Safety and Health Congress at the Birmingham NEC from 8-11 May 2000. Some presentations will also be made at RoSPA Scotland in September 2000. The closing date for entries is 3 March 2000.


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