Sword and Globe of Honour 2018 FAQ

Each year, the British Safety Council invites eligible organisations to apply for a Sword and/or Globe of Honour. These awards recognise commitment to exemplar levels of health, safety and environmental management. Entries are adjudicated by an independent panel of chartered health, safety and environmental professionals. The prestigious Sword and Globe of Honour Luncheon will be held at Banking Hall, Cornhill London EC3V 3ND on Friday 30 November 2018. Any queries not covered by these FAQs should be sent to awards@britsafe.org.

Key dates

Deadline for submissions - Friday 7 September
Results emailed to applicants - Friday 12 October
Results enquiry deadline - Friday 26 October
Winners Luncheon - Friday 30 November.

Scheme details

How do the schemes work?

The Sword and Globe of Honour schemes are open to all organisations who achieve a five-star outcome in their site specific Five Star Audits.

Up to 40% of applicants' scores will be determined by their performance in their Five Star Audit, with the remaining 60% is based on the strength of the written application.

The written application comprises one question, set in four component parts of up to 750 words each. There are certain mandatory requirements within these criteria which are detailed in the Guidance notes documents. This includes meeting a minimum threshold of 75% for this part of the assessment.

The questions are aligned with components of the Five Star Audit specification model. The focus of these questions changes each year to assess different aspects of health and safety and environmental management systems and best practice. This keeps the scheme both challenging and dynamic.

All applications are site specific.

How are marks from the audit outcome credited to the award score?

To achieve a five-star audit outcome organisations must score between 92% and 100% in the audit process. Depending on the score received in the audit, applicants will be awarded up to 40% of marks that will be carried over to the overall Sword or Globe of Honour result.

Application process

When will I receive the application form, marking scheme and guidance notes?

All eligible applicants will receive a personalised application form with links to the marking scheme, guidance notes and last year's Chief Adjudicator's Report, as well as an order form to purchase the application. These documents will be emailed throughout May.

In what format is the application form?

It is a Microsoft Word document that expands to accept your answers.

Can I submit additional evidence?

No. Applicants must restrict responses to no more than 3,000 words overall (750 words per sub-question). The adjudicators will mark the first 750 words of a response only and will not consider appendices or additional information.

When is the deadline for applications?

The deadline to submit and pay for your applications is 23:59 on Friday 7 September 2018. No extensions will be granted. Applications submitted without payment will not be marked.

When will I receive my results?

Results will be sent to the email address given on the application form, on Friday 12 October 2018.

Application payment

How much does it cost to apply?

£375.00 + VAT per site (VAT does not apply for overseas applicants).

How do I pay?

You can pay by credit/debit card, bank transfer (BACS) or you can request an invoice. If paying by invoice please provide a purchase order number.

When do I have to pay?

Payment in full is required upon completion of the application order form and before the application deadline on Friday 7 September. Applications submitted without payment will not be marked.


Who marks the applications?

All applications are marked by independent adjudicators who are chartered health and safety or environmental practitioners.

What is the pass mark?

Award results are partly determined by the applicants' performance their associated Five Star Audit. For the written component applicants are required to score a minimum of 45 out of 60. They must obtain these marks through the minimum performance across all questions as specified in the Guidance notes.

Is there a quota of Sword and Globe trophies to be awarded?

No. If all applicants reach the pass standard, then all applicants will be awarded a trophy if attending the Luncheon. There is an additional charge to purchase the trophies. A certificate will be issued to all award winners.

I am unhappy with my mark. What can I do?

There is a formal result enquiry process whereby you can get a re-mark and/or feedback. Result enquiry applications must be received with paymebnt by 23:59 on Friday 26 October 2018 to be considered.

Winners Luncheon

When is the winners Luncheon?

Friday 30 November 2018.

Where will it take place?

Banking Hall, 14 Cornhill, London EC3V 3ND.

What are the benefits of attending the Luncheon?

  • Celebrate and reward staff for their hard work and dedication
  • Networking opportunities with other health, safety and environmental management professionals
  • Brand exposure and publicity through press coverage of the event
  • An official presentation photograph that can be used for internal and external communications
  • A post-Luncheon press release template for you to publicise your achievement.

How do I book tickets for the Luncheon?

You will be able too book tickets via our website once the results have been published. Tables cannot be reserved. Winners are seated on a first come, first served basis.

Please email events@britsafe.org if you have any questions.

Government regulations state that VAT at the standard rate of 20% is to be paid by overseas attendees, as the event takes place within the UK.

Do you have any discounted accommodation rates?

A special rate card detailing a range of hotels near Banking Hall has been designed by Priority. The rate card is accessible at www.priority.ltd using the event password sgh18.

How do you get to Banking Hall?

Transport and travel directions wil be provided on your booking confirmation email, along with a map. Banking Hall is located on Cornhill, a minute's walk from Bank tube station.

When can we expect to receive our tickets?

No tickets will be issued for this event. An email confirmation will be sent to the booking contact to confirm the booking.

What is the dress code for the Luncheon?

Business attire.

What should I do if I have a specific dietary requirements?

Any dietary requirements should be noted next to the relevant guest's name. We can cater for a variety of dietary requirements. Please provide clear details and we will contact you if we need further details.

Will the event be wheelchair accessible?

Yes. We kindly ask that guests requiring wheelchair access contact us prior to the Luncheon at events@britsafe.org.

When should we expect to receive the winners pack?

All winners wil receive an email on 12 October 2018 and this will contain:

  • Winners' logo - winning organisations may use a promotional logo on their websites, letterheads and other collateral
  • Press release for winners to use
  • Details on how to book your place at the Sword and Globe of Honour Luncheon.

Awards and commemorative plaques

When should we expect to receive our certificate?

Those attending the Luncheon will receive their certificate at the event. For those not attending, certificates will be posted to the main contact on the application in December.

When should we expect to receive our Sword and/or Globe of Honour?

Those attending the Luncheon will receive their trophy at the event. For those not attending, trophies can be purchased via our website once the results have been published.

The following charges apply:

UK: £790 including VAT, postage and packaging
Overseas: £980 including packaging and courier charges.

For overseas customers, any local duty payable is the responsibility of the purchaser at point of entry.

What is a commemorative plaque?

This unique wall plaque features the Sword of Honour or Globe of Honour logo and is designed to be used indoors or outdoors. The classic design of this 14-inch plaque reflects the impressive of achievement of gaining either a Sword of Honour or Globe of Honour. You can choose to have display the name of your winning organisation or site on the plaque.

How do I order a commemorative plaque?

Plaques can be purchased via our website once the results have been published.

How much does a commemorative plaque cost?

The cost per plaque is as follows:

  • UK: £185 + VAT (including postage and packaging)
  • Overseas: £299 (including packaging and courier charges).

For overseas customers, any local duty payable is the responsibility of the purchaser at the point of entry. Plaques will be dispatched once full payment has been received. VAT is not applicable for overseas customers.

When will I receive my commemorative plaque?

Plaques will be dispatched eight weeks after payment is received and will be sent directly to the address indicated on the order. No refunds are available upon cancellation of an order.