6th September 2018

In July London-based, multi-trade contractor Clifford Devlin was presented with a tenth Gold award by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) at its 2018 Occupational Health & Safety Management Awards.

The company’s Health & Safety Manager, Ian O’Connor commented:
“To receive a tenth gold from RoSPA is a major achievement for us and demonstrates the continuous, collective commitment to health & safety in all our disciplines from Demolition and Asbestos Removal to our Building Division, whilst at the same time helps us improve safety performance by benchmarking our own performance against other safety conscious businesses.

“Our submission was very much a team effort. We work within a high-risk industry. The best motivation to every individual is to know that the company places high importance on their well-being and safety. At the end of each working day, we want every one of our workers to be able to go home safely and to be able to continue to provide for their families.”

As well as submitting accident and incident stats and evidence of auditing, competency and training, background information was also submitted on a benchmarking project that the Health & Safety Team embarked upon to review and re-evaluate the scoring system used in its internal audits.

“We feIt that a simple yes/no answer, which is normally applied as part of the checklist approach, enabled us to achieve compliance too easily and did not challenge the status quo sufficiently or encourage ‘continuous improvement’ in health and safety behaviour at site-level,” continued Ian who identified a number of factors that could be scored in a more qualitative manner.

This enabled him to introduce a new scoring system with different levels for ‘legal compliance’, ‘industry best-practice’ and ‘above and beyond’ where particular initiatives had been used. The results of the audits were then communicated throughout the group to enable us to set new compliance levels and reward the good practice of individuals each month.

“Winning a RoSPA Awards conveys a very strong message of the organisation’s commitment to safety,” says Ian, “It shows our clients that we will endeavour to lead and influence in creating better and safer workplaces for everyone to work in. It strengthens our confidence on the vision of creating a sustainable safety and health culture in the organisation that will drive high standards and consistent performance.”

The internationally recognised RoSPA Health and Safety Awards scheme is the world’s longest-running health and safety awards initiative, having launched in 1956. It attracts nearly 2,000 entries every year from organisations around the world and across a range of industry sectors. Split across four dates and three cities, the RoSPA Awards offers non-competitive Achievement Awards, which are attained at Bronze, Silver or Gold level depending on the quality of the entry.