HMP Addiewell handed RoSPA Gold Medal for Health and Safety Practices

September 10, 2018

HMP Addiewell handed RoSPA Gold Medal (5 consecutive Golds) Award for health and safety practices

HMP Addiewell handed RoSPA Gold Medal for Health and Safety Practices

HMP Addiewell has been awarded a prestigious award in recognition of its practices and achievements in helping its staff get home safely at the end of the working day.

Sodexo Justice Services - HMP Addiewell has achieved a Gold Medal (5 consecutive Golds) in the internationally-renowned RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Health and Safety Awards, the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK.

They will be presented with the award during a ceremony this week at the DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central on Thursday, September 13, 2018.

The RoSPA Awards scheme, which receives entries from organisations around the world, recognises achievement in health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

Ian Whitehead, Director of HMP Addiewell, said: “Our consecutive Gold awards from RoSPA  show  our ongoing commitment and focus on providing a safe environment for all our staff, residents and everyone who visits Addiewell. We work hard and continually strive for a ‘Zero Harm’ workplace and to engage all staff and stakeholders in achieving this.”

Leigh McEwan, Safety and Risk Manager of HMP Addiewell, said: “We are honoured to receive this award for the fifth consecutive year, a reflection of our work in embedding a safety culture within the prison as well as working hard on our risks such as violence, slips & trips, fire and collisions.”

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of qualifications, awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards are the most highly-respected in the health and safety arena, with almost 2,000 entrants every year, and allow organisations to prove excellence in the workplace, demonstrating a commitment to the wellbeing of not only employees but all those who interact with it.”

The majority of awards are non-competitive and mark achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Gold medals, president’s awards, orders of distinction and the Patron’s Award are presented to organisations sustaining the high standards of the gold level over consecutive years.

Competitive awards go to the best entries in 24 industry sectors including construction, healthcare, transport and logistics, engineering, manufacturing and education.

There are specialist awards for health at work, environmental management and fleet safety, and excellence trophies for the best international, new entry, workforce involvement and organisation operating or based in Scotland. RoSPA’s top accolade is the Sir George Earle Trophy.

Headline sponsor of the RoSPA Awards 2018 is NEBOSH – the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health – for the 13th consecutive year.

For more information about the RoSPA Awards visit

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