Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council is a local authority in the West Midlands which provides services to residents of the borough. There are six main towns which make up Sandwell; Oldbury, Rowley Regis, Smethwick, Tipton, Wednesbury and West Bromwich.
Chris Williams, Senior Lead Officer for Health and Safety is also a chartered member of IOSH with 15 years experience as a health and safety officer. Chris is responsible for developing an effective, healthy and safe organisational culture at Sandwell, developing, implementing and monitoring policies and procedures.
Chris highlights Sandwell's achievements and offers other organisations thinking of entering the RoSPA awards advice.
Why did you enter the RoSPA Awards?
We have submitted awards for a number of areas of the council to demonstrate excellence and good practice:
Sandwell Leisure Trust received a President's Award for ten successive Gold Awards and believed to be the first Leisure Trust in the country to receive this award.
Sandwell Adult Social Care received a President's Award for 10 successive Gold Awards and have demonstrated a commitment to high levels of health and safety performance despite significant budget reductions.
Westminster and Meadows School are both 'special schools' that achieved Gold Awards for the second successive year and have demonstrated a high performance in health and safety whilst dealing with some of our most vulnerable children.
Neighbourhood Services achieved a Silver Award at the first attempt and is the largest department in the council and deals with housing, libraries, estate services, grounds maintenance and waste and transport Issues.
Why is achieving a RoSPA Award important to your business?
Demonstrates excellence in health and safety and ensures that standards continue to improve year on year.
How is health and safety managed in your organisation?
There is a small health and safety team that drives forward the strategic element of health and safety for the council and ensures that the organisation remains compliant. There is commitment from senior management and excellent co-operation with trade unions and employees through a network of safety committees.
What is your greatest health and safety achievement over the past year?
Continuing to ensure that high health and safety standards are maintained despite significant budget cuts and ensuring that employees and managers receive a high level of health and safety training.
How will you build on your RoSPA Award going forward?
Continue to maintain current RoSPA accreditation via the awards process and to be seen as a beacon of good practice with regards to local authority management of health and safety.
What advice do you have for other organisations entering or thinking of entering the RoSPA Awards?
Ensure that you have a robust management system in place and that you are pro-active in managing health and safety and celebrate your achievements by entering the RoSPA Awards.
The RoSPA Health and Safety Awards are open to organisations of all sizes from across a wide spectrum of industries. Apply for a RoSPA Health and Safety award or find out more about the awards.
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