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The 2016 International Safety Awards are open to any organisation, and related to the health and safety management at a specific site or business unit. Organisations answer 12 questions about their health and safety management and submit the answers online. View the 2016 questions and the marking scheme. 2016 applications are now available for purchase.

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Why apply for an International Safety Award in 2016?

The International Safety Awards are:

  • Independently marked by experienced health and safety practitioners
  • An invaluable award endorsing your health and safety management
Please note each application covers a single site or business unit. ​

  • Demonstrates your commitment to high standards of health and safety management
  • Press coverage for your winning site/business unit
  • Attendance at the winners' Gala Dinner
  • Use of winners' logo and certificate
  • Distinction winners' trophy (available to those attending the Gala Dinner in person and to purchase)
  • Winners’ plaque (available to purchase)

Early bird offer
Purchase your application form before Friday 11 December 2015 and be entered into a prize draw to win a pair of tickets for the International Safety Awards Gala Dinner on Friday 6 May 2016 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. Terms and Conditions apply.

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Sector Awards
2016 International Safety Award winning organisations can be nominated for a 'Sector Award' for outstanding sites and business units within their sector, as judged by our independent adjudicators. This is free to any site/bussiness unit completing a 2016 International Safety Award application. The 2016 sector categories are as follows:

  1. Manufacturing
  2. Oil, gas, mining and quarrying
  3. Power and utilities
  4. Construction and property activities
  5. Wholesale and retail services
  6. Transportation, distribution and storage
  7. Hospitality and catering
  8. Education
  9. Health and social care
  10. Not for profit
  11. Financial, IT, legal, scientific, technical services and media
  12. Local government, defence and public services
  13. Onshore major hazard  

Click to read which site/business units made the 2015 shortlist and who won. The 2016 Sector Awards winners will be announced at the International Safety Awards Gala Dinner on Friday 6 May 2016 in London. 

Health and Safety Champion and Young Health and Safety Champion
This is the fourth year that the British Safety Council is pleased to invite applications for two individual health and safety awards. These awards were introduced to recognise individuals who, through their passion, commitment and dedication, have helped make a difference by keeping their colleagues and others healthy and safe.
Organisations submitting an application for an International Safety Award may also take the opportunity to submit one or two employees who have contributed to the overall health, safety and welfare on their site or in their business. This is free to enter to any site/business unit completing a 2016 International Safety Award application. The two awards are:

  • Health and Safety Champion of the Year
  • Young Health and Safety Champion of the Year

Please note: Organisations may only nominate ONE employee (applicant) for each of these two awards for each site/business unit application submitted, i.e. you may submit one for the Health and Safety Champion and one for the Young Health and Safety Champion per application. 

The chair of the judges panel will announce the winners at the 2016 International Safety Awards Gala DinnerClick to read which individuals made the 2015 shortlist and who won.

How applications are marked
You can view our 2016 marking scheme, read the 2015's Chief Adjudicator’s report or call +44 (0)20 3510 8355 if you have any questions. The deadline for the British Safety Council to receive applications is 23.59 GMT Monday 8 February 2016.​ Applications are marked by adjudicators who award distinctions for exceptional submissions. 

Distinction Trophy
All sites/business units that attain a distinction and attend the 2016 International Safety Awards Gala Dinner, will receive a distinction trophy automatically as part of the Gala Dinner package. It features the International Safety Awards logo and has been designed to reflect the impressive achievement. If you achieve a distinction but are unable to attend the Gala Dinner, you can still purchase a distinction trophy.

Winners' plaque
To celebrate your site/business unit's achievement in the International Safety Awards, commemorative wall plaques are available to purchase. This unique winners' wall plaque, features the International Safety Award logo and is designed to be used indoors or outdoors. 

Gala Dinner
The International Safety Awards Gala Dinner 2016 will be held at the famous Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Friday 6 May 2016 to celebrate the success of the winners. Attendees enjoyed a spectacular evening that includes awards presentations, a fine dining experience, fabulous entertainment and dancing. 

Find out more about the 2016 International Safety Awards Gala Dinner here. ​

Don't forget...
If you discuss the event online, please use #intsafetyawards to get others involved.​ 

Useful downloads
List of winners for 2015
2016 International Safety Awards - questions and marking scheme
2016 International Safety Awards - guidance for applicants
2016 International Safety Awards - results enquiry policy and application
2016 International Safety Awards - FAQ's
2016 International Safety Awards - early bird Gala Dinner booking form
2016 International Safety Awards - plaque order form
2016 International Safety Awards - distinction trophy order form
2016 International Safety Awards - early bird prize draw terms and conditions
2015 International Safety Awards- chief adjudicators report
British Safety Council Events - terms and conditions ​

Should you have any queries, please contact our customer service team on +44 (0)20 3510 8355 or email

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The International Safety Awards, bring a level of pride and excitement to the arena of safety. It goes a long way in making staff at all levels feel valued for their commitment in the workplace, ensuring safety for all is a priority.
Paul Nowell
Operations and Health and Safey Director, Total Foodservice Solutions
Please see our video from the 2015 International Safety Awards Gala Dinner