Why did you want to get involved in the RoSPA Awards?
We view our Awards submission as an external sense check of our health and safety plan, a review of what we have done linked to the awards criteria validated through the judging process. There is a real drive towards gold standard within the business and we mentor each division to help them progress…some ‘healthy’ competition also helps drive standards up!
"The addition of the Awards Excellence Forum and the opportunity to meet with like-minded people and organisations helps us connect to a much wider network which is really beneficial."
Lauren Hickling MSc Grad IOSH
What can be done over the year to keep drafting the Awards submission simple?
For us, the submission was a consistent topic at our team meetings, that everyone was involved in. The process this year was supported by two graduates working with us on health and safety related project work who helped us glean information and bring the best evidence forward for our submission.
What hints or tips would you give to prospective RoSPA Awards Applicants?
We have a national conversation with our network twice a year at our National Safety Forum. The team explain what we have done and seek feedback, we outline what we are submitting to RoSPA and ask ourselves, “are we really proud?” This process really works and also gives us an insight into how well embedded the safety teams are within the business. So when the results are announced the whole business is engaged.
How has joining the Awards Excellence Forum benefited you?
The addition of the Awards Excellence Forum and the opportunity to meet with like-minded people and organisations helps us connect to a much wider network which is really beneficial.
From a personal perspective as I work toward CMIOSH, the reflective practice involved in the awards process was also a good fit for the CPD process required by IOSH.