British Safety Council launches 2016 International Safety Awards to recognise employers' commitment to keeping workers and workplaces healthy and safe

The British Safety Council has launched the 2016 International Safety Awards which recognise organisations from around the world who have demonstrated a commitment to protecting their workers from the risk of being injured or made ill at work.

Now in their 58th year, the International Safety Awards have played an important role in helping to promote the social, economic and business benefits of employers taking sensible and effective steps to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of their employees and others.
The awards are open to organisations of all sizes, types and industry sectors – both members of the British Safety Council and non-members – in the UK and internationally.
Last year, 515 organisations from a diverse background won an International Safety Award, including businesses from the UK, Africa, Asia, mainland Europe, the Middle East and the West Indies.
Previous winners have included Alisal Logistics of Turkey, Bahrain National Gas Company, Bovis Homes, Delhi International Airport, Glasgow Airport, GlaxoSmithKline, Kuwait National Petroleum Company, Kelloggs, Kingston University, Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd and the Rugby Football Union’s Twickenham Stadium.
Opening the awards, Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, said: “The British Safety Council’s vision is that no one should be injured or made ill at work, anywhere in the world. Our International Safety Awards seek to recognise and reward organisations who have demonstrated to the satisfaction of the scheme’s independent judges a commitment to protecting the health, safety and welfare of their staff and others who could be affected by their work activities.     
“Winning an International Safety Award enables organisations to share their achievement with their employees, clients, contractors, local community and the wider public. It may help inspire other organisations to also make that commitment and emulate the success of our winners.  
“Health and safety, managed sensibly and proportionately, brings real and lasting benefits for workers, their families, businesses and society as whole.
“I look forward to inviting this year’s International Safety Award winners to celebrate at our Gala Dinner at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on Friday 6 May 2016.” 

How to apply
The International Safety Awards relate to health and safety management at a specific site or business unit, and applicants answer a series of online questions about their management of health and safety risks. These are assessed by a team of independent chartered health and safety professionals and, if the application meets the required standard, a pass, merit or – for really exceptional submissions – a distinction is awarded.

Selected high scoring winning organisations will again be shortlisted for additional ‘Sector Awards’ recognising outstanding sites and business units within 13 individual business sectors.

The closing date for applications for the International Safety Awards is Monday 8 February 2016 and the results will be announced on Monday 7 March 2016. Organisations that purchase their application form before the early bird deadline of Friday 11 December 2015 will be entered into a prize draw to win a pair of tickets for the International Safety Awards Gala Dinner (terms and conditions apply).

Celebrate at the gala dinner
The winners of the awards will be invited to celebrate their success at the spectacular International Safety Awards Gala Dinner, which takes place at the famous Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane on the night of Friday 6 May 2016.

The black-tie event is attended by hundreds of businesses and individuals from around the world, and features the formal presentation of the awards, a fine dining experience and an evening of live entertainment and dancing. The gala dinner is also open to any organisation or individual in the UK or internationally that wishes to celebrate good health and safety practice and network with hundreds of like-minded people and businesses.

Nominate your individual champions
Within the International Safety Awards scheme, the British Safety Council is again running two awards to recognise individual employees who have gone the extra mile to help ensure the health, safety and welfare of their colleagues and others.

Optional and free to enter for all International Safety Award entrants, the Health and Safety Champion of the Year Award, for non-health and safety personnel aged 24 or over, and the Young Health and Safety Champion of the Year Award, for non-health and safety personnel aged under 24; the scheme allows applying organisations to nominate individual employees who have given their time and effort to improving the organisation’s management of health, safety and welfare risks. The winners of the Champion awards will receive two tickets to the International Safety Awards gala dinner, including all travel and overnight accommodation costs.

Click here to apply for an International Safety Award.