Grundon Waste Management Ltd, which has its headquarters in Oxfordshire, a major Energy from Waste facility at Colnbrook in Berkshire and numerous sites across the south of England, has won a prestigious award in recognition of its health and safety practices, in its first year of entering.
Grundon, the UK’s largest family-owned supplier of integrated waste management and environmental services, achieved a Silver in the internationally-renowned Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Health and Safety Awards, the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK.
The company was presented with the award during a ceremony at Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel on Thursday 6 June 2019.
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.
For Grundon’s Head of Compliance, Toni Robinson, it is the achievement of a long-held ambition. She said: “We have won many awards within the waste management industry, but these are international awards where we were judged by independent health and safety experts.
“To know that we measure up so well against other companies, some much larger than us and from all sectors, is a massive achievement for everyone at Grundon, especially as this is the first time we have entered.”
Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of qualifications, awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards have become the key fixture in the health and safety calendar. Highly-respected, with almost 2,000 entrants every year, RoSPA award winners benefit from the wide-ranging rewards of improved sector reputation.”
Toni added: “Entering the RoSPA Awards required a substantial effort from all our team. The judges require detailed and comprehensive information on our health and safety practices across the business. And winning the Silver seems that much sweeter because we really understand how much detail we needed to submit to achieve the recognition.”
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 2019 is NEBOSH – the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health – for the 14th consecutive year.