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Put your organisation in the spotlight! 29/11/2018

FROM THE internationally renowned RoSPA Achievement and Sector Awards to the brand new Inspiration Awards, winning a RoSPA Health & Safety Award will raise your organisation's profile to customers, peers and stakeholders.

What’s more, winners are encouraged to become part of the exclusive Awards Excellence Forum, a network of likeminded award winners offering support and sharing advice that can provide help with not only your award entry – but also safety management systems and career development. Take a look at our Award Winner case studiesto find out why almost 2000 organisations value a RoSPA Award above all others.

With hundreds of organisations from across the globe having already registered for the chance to be awarded a prestigious accolade, could 2019 mark your #RoSPAWinnermoment?

“Each year I am amazed by the quality of the RoSPA Award Winners and the hundreds of organisations who demonstrate their commitment to raising health and safety standards.”- Dee Arp, Director of Technical Standards, NEBOSH

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2019 RoSPA Health & Safety Awards 04/10/2018

The RoSPA Health & Safety Awards are back with NEW awards categories and NEW sponsors, the constantly evolving scheme is the best way to recognise and reward ongoing commitment to raising health and safety standards.

Alongside the much sought after and globally recognised RoSPA Achievement Awards and Competitive Trophies, we are delighted to announce the launch of new Award categories: The Inspiration Awards, which celebrate individuals, teams and initiatives that are a source of inspiration and pride worthy of shouting about, The Leisure Safety Awards, and The Safe@Work Safe@Home Award.

Being an award winner unlocks countless benefits, including invitations to our Awards Excellence Forum, gain valuable CPD points and recognition from press, stakeholders, customers and much more.

Register online at www.rospa.com/awards, before October 31 and save up to £65. Make 2019 a year to remember, and become part of our award winning community.

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RoSPA focus on machinery safety 16/09/2018

EVEN WHEN workplaces are made as safe as possible, risks can still remain, which is why Machinery safety is enshrined in UK health and safety law.

Those who own or manage engineering and manufacturing firms are therefore responsible for ensuring machine and equipment safety, including operatives, as well as managers.

RoSPA has a suite of Machinery Safety training courses designed to guard against injury, and meet legal duties:

RoSPA’s Power Press Safety course is designed to provide delegates with the knowledge and understanding to properly inspect, test and maintain power press machines to keep operators safe from serious injury.

Our Abrasive Wheels Safety course will allow you to adhere to the PUWER 98 act whilst also giving your employees who use, mount and manage abrasive wheels the ability to work safely.

Additionally, it offers an Abrasive Wheels Instructors course which teaches how to instruct colleagues in the safe use of abrasive wheels, set training objectives and decide what training aids to use.

Not only that, RoSPA can fit around the demands of your business by offering these courses In-Company, as a flexible and adaptable alternative for delivering training to you when and where you require it.

T: +44 (0) 121 248 2233
E: enquiries@rospa.com
W: https://www.rospa.com/safety-training/work/machinery-safety/ 

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Level 3 manual handling trainers 09/08/2018

MANUAL HANDLING is one of the most common causes of injury at work and causes over a third of all workplace injuries. But these injuries can be prevented by making sure your organisation is equipped with the right knowledge and skills.

RoSPA’s accredited Level 3 Award - Manual Handling Trainers Course has been designed with the aim of developing a confident, motivated and professionally qualified manual handling trainer.

The course will equip the trainer with the knowledge and skills to deliver bespoke and effective manual handling techniques relevant to others within their organisation, creating a healthier workforce, reduce instances of MSDs, and help meet legislative requirements and current best practice.

The course adopts a blended learning approach which combines face-to-face instruction with self-directed e-learning to deliver improved costs and educational benefits that’s ideal for managers, supervisors, instructors, training officers and safety professionals who have a responsibility for training others.

If you want to learn more about our Manual Handling Trainers course you can visit our website where you’ll find a wealth of information including our 10 Tips for Manual Handling infographic - which is available free to download - to help you get off to the right start.

T: +44 (0) 121 248 2233
E: enquiries@rospa.com
W: www.rospa.com/safety-training/work/manual-handling/trainers/ 

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RoSPA welcomes new product safety office 23/01/2018

RoSPA has reacted positively to the Government's announcement of the Office for Product Safety and Standards.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has welcomed the Government’s announcement of the Office for Product Safety and Standards, in response to calls for an improved approach to product safety in the UK.

The new body has been set up to provide a central technical and scientific resource to support local authorities and businesses, and was created in response to a report from the Working Group on Product Recalls and Safety, of which RoSPA is a part.

Errol Taylor, RoSPA chief executive and member of the Working Group, said: “RoSPA advocates an evidence-based, cross-industry approach in its accident prevention work, and we are pleased to see the creation of a body that engenders this ethos.

“In support of this, data collection on product safety issues and subsequent injuries must be improved, and we are delighted to see that the Government has recognised this as part of its recommendations, stating that 'systematic and sustainable ways to capture and share data and intelligence should be established and agreed by relevant parties'.

“We hope that the new body, and the Government’s other recommendations, will lead to better co-ordination and central support and leadership for major product safety issues.”

RoSPA has worked extensively on the issue of product safety and recalls, and has been part of the group which produced PAS 7100 – the code of practice for recalls.

The charity has also been working with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) to improve data collection on injuries, recently helping the NHS to adopt the Emergency Care Data Set, which it is hoped will provide a better understanding of the causes of injuries to people attending A&E departments.

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Entries for the RoSPA Health and Safety Awards 2018 are now open! 31/10/2017

There is no better way to show continued commitment to maintaining and improving safety standards.

What’s more, completing a RoSPA Awards submission involves reflecting on and reviewing your previous year’s occupational health and safety performance. This means entering your submission is an ideal reflective activity which may count towards your continuous professional development portfolio.

This year, the fabulous Ed Byrne will be on hand to entertain at the London and Birmingham Awards Gala Dinners and Andy Cameron (MBE) will be joining us in Glasgow.

Before you go, watch our brand new celebration video showcasing the best of the 2017 Awards.

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Errol Taylor appointed as new chief executive of RoSPA 10/07/2017

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents’ Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Errol Taylor as the charity’s new chief executive.

Errol, who has been leading the organisation in an interim capacity since November 2016, joined RoSPA in 2004, initially heading up RoSPA’s commercial activities before developing the case for accident prevention as a public health priority and establishing RoSPA’s Ofqual-recognised qualifications business. He has been RoSPA’s deputy chief executive since 2006.

RoSPA is currently marking its centenary and highlights so far have included the launch of a RoSPA exhibition at the iconic Library of Birmingham, a visit by HRH The Duke of York and the RoSPA Centenary Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. RoSPA is also leading the development of a National Accident Prevention Strategy.

Errol Taylor said: “I am honoured to become chief executive of RoSPA, particularly at what is such an important time for our charity. We have always been clear that our centenary should not just be an opportunity to look back and highlight past successes, but that it should also be focused firmly on the challenges that remain in accident prevention. Accidents disproportionately affect the most vulnerable members of our society – those who are young, old or disadvantaged – and this is something that we are working tirelessly to address. I am proud to lead a fantastic team of dedicated colleagues and look forward to continuing to develop RoSPA’s valued relationships with other individuals and organisations across the health and safety community.”

Mike Parker, chairman of RoSPA’s Board of Trustees, said: “The Board believes that Errol’s passion for accident prevention, energy, skills and experience will ensure RoSPA’s continued success for the foreseeable future. His enthusiasm for working in partnership with RoSPA’s many like-minded stakeholder organisations should, in time, lead to a significant reduction in the burden of accidental injury.”

Prior to RoSPA, Errol enjoyed senior customer-facing roles within the services, engineering and retail sectors. A Fellow of both the Institute of Directors (IoD) and the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), he is qualified as a Chartered Director with an MBA, an engineering degree and he is a gold grade RoSPA advanced driver. Married with three grown-up children, Errol is an advanced scuba diver who also enjoys cycling.

Errol succeeds Tom Mullarkey MBE, who decided to stand down after nearly 11 years as chief executive. During this period, Tom successfully led the RoSPA team through some difficult financial and business challenges and more recently, in efforts to have the value of accident prevention recognised fully by political and healthcare influencers. Errol said: “We are grateful for Tom’s valuable contribution and the firm foundation that it provides for us to look ahead with renewed vigour, boldly stating that accidents do not have to happen.”

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Preventability key in healthcare rationalisation says RoSPA 14/11/2016

Preventability must be at the heart of efforts to ease the rising pressure on healthcare services, says Tom Mullarkey, chief executive of RoSPA, in the charity’s latest Annual Review.

In the newly published RoSPA Annual Review 2015/16, Tom asserts: “If your business is prevention, you can hardly avoid the metric of intervention that is preventability.”

For children, for example, he sets out that 65% of preventable deaths, 75% of preventable hospital admissions and more than 90% of preventable A&E attendances are caused by accidents. And across the population as a whole, accidents cause 65% of preventable A&E attendances – about 7.5million.

Given the rising demands on healthcare services, he describes prioritisation as 'the only way ahead', and outlines RoSPA’s analytical tool, The Matrix, which enables local authority decision-makers to make an assessment of preventability across the full range of public health issues.

“The Matrix has now been tried by several local authorities leading to two incredible conclusions,” he says. “The first is that we are not, as a nation, spending our money optimally, to give our people the longest, healthiest lives. The second is that when we do the impact calculations more rationally, accident prevention becomes a major priority.”

RoSPA’s Annual Review 2015/16 describes the charity’s work towards its mission to save lives and reduce injuries. Among the highlights were 3.6m views of RoSPA’s main website which contains extensive advice and information on home, road, workplace, leisure and education safety, plus an additional 2.2m views of RoSPA’s dedicated child car seats website. Across England, the total number of families to benefit from a cleaning products safety campaign reached 250,000, while 15,000 Glasgow families received safety advice about liquid laundry capsules in 2015/16 alone.

The RoSPA Annual Review 2015/16 is available here.

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RoSPA calls for time-shift fit for 21st century 26/10/2016

As the daylight savings system reaches 100 years old in 2016, family safety charity RoSPA – which also celebrates its centenary this year – is calling for a change from the current regime of GMT in the winter and GMT+1 in the summer.

The new system, Single/Double Summer Time (SDST), would move the clock forward to GMT+1 in the winter, and GMT+2 in the summer. This would increase evening sunlight all year round.

British Summer Time (BST) was introduced during the First World War in May 1916 in response to the German decision to take the same step to make the most of daylight hours. In the UK for the rest of the war, the clocks ran one hour ahead of GMT through the summer.

This same practice has been implemented by the Government since then, other than a short period during the Second World War and an experiment between 1968 and 1971, during which year-round BST was trialled, saving around 2500 deaths and serious injuries each year of the trial period.

But 100 years on from its introduction, RoSPA is once again calling for a more significant change to the system which has now been made obsolete through changing technology, working practices, tourist habits and other factors.

According to RoSPA, the current system is also dangerous for pedestrians. Every autumn when the clocks go back and the sunset occurs earlier in the day, road casualties rise, with the effects being worse for vulnerable road users like pedestrians, children, the elderly, cyclists and motorcyclists.

In 2015, pedestrian deaths rose from 27 in September to 42 in October, 45 in November and 58 in December.

Kevin Clinton, RoSPA’s head of road safety, said: “Child pedestrians are particularly vulnerable during the afternoon school run, when they digress on their way home and so are exposed to traffic risk for longer than their morning trip to school. During that period motorists are also tired after the day’s work, concentration levels are low, and journey times are increased due to shopping and social trips.

“For these reasons, increased evening daylight would produce significant results in preventing accidents to children and other road users.”

RoSPA chief executive Tom Mullarkey added: “Not only would we save a significant number of lives through a change to SDST, but we would also boost the tourism industry, increase recreational time for children through sports and other activity, allow older people to reduce the winter evening curfew, lower opportunistic crime, and decrease CO2 production and fuel costs, all in one fell swoop. It is the only way we can make so many material improvements to our country, at a stroke, at no cost.

“Unfortunately there are those who are determined to cling onto a practice which was innovative and forward-looking in 1916 but which has not been updated to its full potential a hundred years later. In these conditions of economic uncertainty and austerity, this simple measure would raise everyone’s morale and set us up to deal with whatever troubles may lie ahead. We need our politicians to show the leadership and foresight of their wartime forbears, in our darkest hour.”

For more information on SDST see www.rospa.com/road-safety/advice/road-users/british-summertime-fact-sheet/ and www.rospa.com/lets-talk-about/2016/october/lighter-evenings/.

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RoSPA Awards 2017 open for applications 05/10/2016

The Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Health and Safety Awards is now open for applications.

Summer 2016 saw the scheme reach its 60th year, with nearly 2000 organisations submitting an entry and more than 1200 awards handed out at three ceremonies in London, Birmingham and Glasgow.

The entry process for the 2017 awards round has now opened, in what promises to be another huge year for the charity as it achieves another milestone – its centenary.

And to celebrate its 100 years, RoSPA will be introducing a new level of award to recognise those organisations which have achieved consecutive Golds over 25 years or more, the Patron’s Award.

The Health and Safety Awards scheme is the largest and longest-running programme of its kind in the UK, and one of the most prestigious in the world in any discipline.

Open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, the RoSPA Awards recognise commitment to accident prevention in the workplace.

Individuals who promote safety in their workplace or with their communities are also recognised through the Guardian Angel Awards, which run alongside the Health and Safety Awards.

Presentation ceremonies for the internationally-recognised RoSPA Awards will once again be held in London, co-located with the Safety and Health Expo 2017, as well as in Birmingham and Glasgow. They will take place at ExCeL London on June 20, the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on July 12-13 and the Hilton Glasgow on September 14.

Thousands of winners and their guests will attend RoSPA’s daytime ceremonies and evening gala dinners to receive their accolades.

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of awards and events, said: “For the second year in a row RoSPA will be marking a huge milestone in its history, and we are pleased to be introducing this new level of award, the Patrons Award.

“Only those organisations that have shown exceptional levels of commitment to occupational health and safety over a quarter of a century will be eligible, making it one of the top international health and safety accolades.

“The awards allow businesses and organisations to showcase their commitment to their staff, customers and clients, and are always a highlight in the corporate calendar.”

The majority of awards are non-competitive and mark achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. As well as the Patron’s Award, Gold Medals, President’s Awards and Orders of Distinction are presented to organisations sustaining high standards over time.

Competitive awards go to the best entries in 23 industry sectors including construction, healthcare, transport and logistics, engineering, manufacturing and education.

There are also specialist awards for workforce involvement, occupational health, environmental management and fleet safety, and a trophy for the best organisation operating or based in Scotland. RoSPA’s top accolade is the Sir George Earle Trophy.

A free e-book, designed to guide organisations new to the awards through the application process by helping them choose the right award to apply for and giving top tips on achieving gold and beyond, is also available. To see the e-book visit http://info.rospa.com/FS/3192/Documents/Awards%20-%20Going%20for%20Gold%20New%20v2.pdf 

Organisations are encouraged to register by October 31 to save up to £65 off the entry fee. A full list of deadlines and fees can be found at www.rospa.com/awards/enter

Headline sponsor for the awards will be NEBOSH - the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health - for the 12th consecutive year.
For more information about the RoSPA Awards, or to register for the 2017 scheme, visit www.rospa.com/awards

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