Service wins prestigious RoSPA health and safety award

Fri 9 Jun, 2017

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service has won a prestigious award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

It will be presented with the RoSPA Gold Award for Occupational Health and Safety Performance at a ceremony in London on Tuesday 20 June in recognition of the organisation’s excellent health and safety record for the period January to December 2016. 

Area Commander Julian Parsons, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s Head of Service Development, said: “We are delighted and very proud to have been recognised in this way.

“What makes it all the more special for us is that the very nature of the work we undertake means that more often than not, we have to place ourselves in positions of risk and mitigate the dangers.

“We could not have achieved this without the commitment and dedication of our staff to ensuring the health, safety and well-being of themselves, their colleagues, visitors and the communities they serve.”

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards are the most prestigious in the world of occupational health and safety, and held in high regard around the world. 

“Winning one demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record. Achieving the standard required is no mean feat.”

Here are some example of how staff at Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service manage the risks they face:

  • Excellent instructor and training facilities enable crews to undertake training which is as realistic as possible in the absence of incidents. These include water rescues, time-critical rescues from height, fire behaviour training, urban search and rescue and hazardous materials environment protection.
  • All staff at supervisory manager level and above must achieve a nationally recognised occupational health and safety qualification such as the IOSH Managing Safely and NEBOSH General Certificate. This ensures that all managers have a good knowledge of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, how to carry out a risk assessment and how to implement a safe system of work as a minimum.
  • Incident commanders carry out a dynamic risk assessment on arrival at an incident to identify the significant hazards and implement the appropriate control measures to mitigate the effects of those hazards. If the incident progresses, he or she then carries out regular analytical risk assessments and continues to evaluate, monitor and review them.