International Safety Awards 2019

International Safety Awards applications close on Friday 25 January 2019 - Purchase now to give yourself time to complete your submission.

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Closing on Friday 25 January 2019

Get your commitment to occupational health, safety and welbeing recognised internationally

The International Safety Awards recognise organisations from around the world who have demonstrated their commitment to occupational health, safety and wellbeing.

With 10 award categories including Best in Country, there has never been a better time to get the recognition you deserve for your dedication to excellent health, safety and wellbeing.

Award categories

This year there are 10 award categories, allowing companies, teams and individuals the chance to be best in their sector, best in country and more.

Awards are open to everyone as part of their International Safety Award application. Four awards are free to enter outside of the International Safety Awards application.

International Safety Award

Recognises commitment to good health, safety and wellbeing management. Awards are site specific.

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:

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

Best in Country Award

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


Chief Adjudicator's Award

Recognises the applicant with the best overall score and demonstration of exceptional innovation or collaboration. The winner will be announced at the Gala Dinner.

Applicants that are awarded a Distinction grade are automatically considered for this award.

Wellbeing Initiative Award

Recognises those organisations who can demonstrate a proactive and effective approach to improving employee wellbeing, through a new or unique objective with a clear and measurable outcome, over and above the organisation's routine work. The winner will be announced at the Gala Dinner.

You must purchase an International Safety Award application to apply for this award.

Innovation in Occupational Health and Safety Award

Recognises those organisations that can demonstrate fresh and innovative approaches to improving occupational health and safety, with clear objectives and measurable outcomes, over and above the organisation's routine work.

You must purchase an International Safety Award application to apply for this award.

Free to enter awards

Health and Safety Champion of the Year (apply for free)

Young Health and Safety Champion of the Year (apply for free)

Recognises the exceptional contribution of individuals under the age of 25, who are not health and safety professionals, but have played a significant role in keeping their work colleagues safe and healthy. The winner will be announced at the Gala Dinner.

Outstanding Bravery Award (apply for free)

Recognises individuals or teams who have demonstrated an outstanding act of bravery, which without their intervention could have led to significant harm to others, damage to property or even loss of life. The winner will be announced at the Gala Dinner.

Team of the Year Award (apply for free)

Recognises the outstanding achievements resulting in a significant improvement to health, safety or wellbeing, from a collaboration of stakeholders which may include members of their organisation, suppliers, contractors and/or the wider community.

Buy your application



£435.00(exc. VAT)



£335.00(exc. VAT)


Apply now in eight simple steps

  1. Check that your site/business unit is eligible
  2. Purchase your entry licences
  3. Watch this video to understand how to use our application platform - watch the video →
  4. Allocate licences to yourself or colleagues to complete the application
  5. Watch this webinar and learn how to optimise your application - watch the video →
  6. Read the marking scheme and guidance notes
  7. Answer 10 questions about your health and safety management, making full use of the support materials available
  8. Submit your application for marking by our independent adjudication panel, before Friday 25 January 2019.

Eligibility criteria

Each application covers a single site or business unit. Applicants wishing to enter several sites or business units must complete a separate application for each one.

Between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018, the site/business unit must not have:

  • suffered any work-related fatalities
  • been subject to any prohibition notices
  • been the subject of any convictions in relation to health and safety
  • had any ongoing criminal investigations or prosecutions pending in relation to health and safety at the site/business unit.

For further details read the Guidance notes.

Completing your application

How to optimise your International Safety Awards application


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What's new for 2019?

New award categories mean your site, teams and individual employees can all be in with a chance of winning.

You can now upload supporting evidence and obtain bonus marks for recognised achievements, making this year's awards the most accessible yet!

Applications open early

Applications are now open, so organisations can plan their health, safety and wellbeing activity in line with the theme and requirements of the questions.

Fewer marked questions

We have reduced the number of marked questions from 12 to 10. There are two mandatory, unmarked questions which are essential for the adjudicators to understand the context and background of the marked questions.

Increased word count

The word count for each question is now 700 words, giving more space to provide detailed answers.

Bonus marks for supporting evidence

Five of the 10 questions have a 'part b' section, allowing for relevant, supporting evidence to be uploaded. Bonus marks are available for each piece of evidence (maximum of one per question), at the discretion of the adjudicator.

Bonus marks for achievement

Achievement-based bonus marks have been introduced to support applicants in demonstrating their commitment to good health and safety over the past year. More information about the bonus marks and how they are awarded can be found in the marking scheme.

Supporting documents

Application prices

  Member Non-member
Normal price £335 £435
Application purchased with membership/membership renewal £301.50  
Multi-site (10+) applications £285

Multi-site (25+) applications £275

Multi-site (50+) applications £265

Multi-site (75+) applications £255


Buy your application



£435.00(exc. VAT)



£335.00(exc. VAT)