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NEDDC receives RoSPA Gold Award for health and safety achievements

North East Derbyshire District Council is celebrating after landing an internationally-recognised award for demonstrating high health and safety standards.

The authority has received a RoSPA Gold Health and Safety Award for its first entry, for working hard to ensure its staff get home safely to their families at the end of every working day.

Organisations receiving a RoSPA Award are recognised as being world-leaders in health and safety practice. Every year, nearly 2,000 entrants vie to achieve the highest possible accolade in what is the UK’s longest-running H&S industry awards.

Councillor Mark Foster, Cabinet Member for Health and Safety, said, “This is such a fantastic achievement for the authority. Our health and safety staff work tirelessly to make sure safe practices are followed and in place”.

“The coronavirus pandemic has made this challenge even greater with large numbers of staff working from home, however, everyone has come together to make sure everyone feels safe in their working environment and the vital work of the authority continues to take place”.

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of qualifications, awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards scheme is the longest-running of its kind in the UK, but it receives entries from organisations around the world, making it one of the most sought-after global accolades in health and safety.

“RoSPA wants every employee, wherever they are, to work safe in the knowledge that they will be going home unharmed and healthy at the end of every day. The RoSPA Award winners are vital to help achieve this goal, as by entering they are driving up standards and setting new benchmarks for organisations everywhere. Currently, around 7million people are directly impacted by the RoSPA Awards, but the scheme’s influence is even wider.”

Headline sponsor of the RoSPA Awards 2020 is NEBOSH – the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health – for the 15th consecutive year.

For more information about the RoSPA Awards visit