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What are the International Safety Awards?

The International Safety Awards recognise an organisation’s commitment to excellent standards of health, safety and wellbeing management at a specific site or business unit. Last year more than 975 applications were received for the International Safety Awards; with 79% of them successfully achieving a Distinction, Merit or Pass grade. These winners included organisations of all sizes, types and sectors, and businesses in the UK, Africa, Asia, India, mainland Europe and the Middle East. 

Applications for the 2024 International Safety Awards are now closed. However you can still apply for the Free to enter categories.

Why should I apply?

It takes commitment, hard work and dedication to improve the health, safety and wellbeing culture within an organisation. The International Safety Awards are recognised globally and give you the recognition you deserve, they can also help you to:

  • Motivate your team
  • Prove your success both within your organisation and to others in the industry
  • Benchmark yourself against other leaders in the field
  • Win new clients, partners and business opportunities
  • Showcase your commitment to excellent health, safety and wellbeing standards.

Award categories

International Safety Award

Recognises commitment to exemplary health, safety and wellbeing management. Award submissions are site specific. Successful applicants will be awarded Distinction, Merit or Pass grades based on their final score. There is no quota of grades to be awarded. All applicants are invited to celebrate their success at the International Safety Awards Gala Dinner in 2024.

Auto-entry awards

Sector Awards

Recognise overall 'best in class' submissions to the International Safety Awards, by industry sector. This is a great way to stand out amongst peers and encourages best practice. 

Sector Award categories are: 

  • Construction and property activities 
  • Consultancy and advisory
  • Education 
  • Financial, IT, legal, scientific and technical services, media 
  • Health and social care 
  • Leisure, sports clubs, hospitality and catering
  • Local government, defence and public services 
  • Manufacturing 
  • Not for profit 
  • Oil, gas, mining and quarrying
  • Onshore major hazard
  • Power and utilities
  • Transportation, distribution and storage 
  • Wholesale and retail services.

Best in Country Award

All International Safety Award applicants are entered into this award, provided there is a significant number of applications from the same country. The highest scoring and best overall application will be awarded.

Best in Company Award

This award is for organisations with 50 or more participating sites and recognises the site(s) with the most outstanding applications. 

Chief Adjudicator's Award

The Chief Adjudicator's Award is awarded to the ISA application that achieves the highest score each year. This award does not require a submission and the winner/s will receive a certificate of their achievement.

Free to Enter Award Categories

For 2024, we are running a total of seven free to enter awards. These awards are open to all.

You do not have to purchase an International Safety Award application to enter any of the following free to enter awards. 

The CEO Award

Rewarding leadership and strategic vision of CEOs who have made a vital contribution to health and safety of their business and to the wider society during 2023. This award recognises how an individual CEO takes an active role in aligning and championing their organisation's health, safety and wellbeing interests with their internal and external stakeholders.

Apply now.

Health Safety and Wellbeing Ambassador of the Year Award

The Health, Safety and Wellbeing Ambassador of the year Award recognises an employee who, in your opinion, has played a significant role to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of colleagues and others. The nominee's primary role does not need to be health and safety.

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Team of the Year Award

The Team of the Year Award recognises the outstanding achievements resulting in a significant improvement to health, safety or wellbeing from a collaboration of stakeholders which may include members of the organisation, suppliers, subcontractors and/or the wider community.

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The James Tye Award

Recognition for an organisation or a team of individuals who have developed and run a campaign in 2023 that has made a significant impact on the health, safety or wellbeing in the workplace.

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Wellbeing Initiative Award Powered by Being Well Together

This award recognises and rewards those organisations that have demonstrated a proactive and effective approach to improving employee wellbeing.

Apply now.

Health and Safety Transformation Award - Sponsored by Croner-i

This category is for organisations that have significantly changed or transformed any aspect of health, safety or wellbeing to a significant extent through the use of information. Applicants will be asked to describe the transformation, how it was planned, what information was used to help achieve the transformation and what positive impact it has had on the organisation.

Apply now.

Seize the Opportunity Award

This award recognises organisations that have gone the extra mile to seize health, safety or wellbeing opportunities resulting from a crisis. In being nominated for this award, the organisation is agreeing to their name and photograph being used by the British Safety Council in various media channels to recognise their achievement.

Apply now.

Key dates

September 2023 Applications open for 2024 awards
30 October 2023 International Safety Awards Application Webinar
03 November 2023 Early bird pricing deadline
11 January 2024 International Safety Awards Application Webinar
09 February 2024 Application submission deadline on Learning Zone
01 March 2024 Free to enter Awards application submission deadline
11 March 2024 Results emailed to applicants
14 March 2024 Winners list published
22 March 2024 Result enquiry deadline
27 April 2024 Free to enter category finalists announced
07 June 2024

Gala Dinner