How to write an award-winning entry
Matthew Cryer, Awards Standards Manager, talks about what you need to do to write an award-winning entry.
Decide who is going to enter the RoSPA Awards
With the RoSPA Awards, we have many organisations that enter for different areas of their business. Some organisations decide to enter the entire organisation or group, whereas others may choose to enter different branches, allowing them to compete against one another to see who has the best implementation of the group’s health and safety management system. Alternatively, contracting organisations regularly decide to enter specific projects, to show they have been delivered to a high standard of health and safety.
It’s key to understand who is entering for the RoSPA Awards, and make sure that the answers to the questions and supporting evidence are all relevant to that organisation, branch or project.
Create a winning RoSPA Awards strategy
Now you understand the scope of your Health and Safety Award make sure you understand which award category you are going to enter.
If you want to look at your health and safety individually, and receive a certificate base on our mark scheme, then the Achievement Awards are for you. If you think your organisation has the best health and safety performance within your sector – then enter our competitive Sector awards. Alternatively, if your organisation has a fleet of vehicles and you manage it well, the Fleet Safety Awards are for you. Finally, if you work in the leisure sector, show how well you look after your employees, visitors and activity participants by entering the Leisure Safety Awards.
Once you have decided on your Health and Safety Awards category, make sure you have access to all the resources, information and knowledge required to complete the entry. Start by having a discussion with your team, reflect on the last year, and plan how you will gather all the information and documentation to support your entry.
Follow the awards guidance documents
Make sure you follow the guidance when you start to answer the specific questions, follow the awards guidance documents to the letter to ensure you don’t go off track, or stray onto topics that will be awarded marks in other parts of the submission. Remember that the awards process is a reflection piece, through which you need to explain the workings of your health and safety management systems and then show it in action. Which brings us on to evidence.
Where is the evidence?
Within your awards entry make sure that you back up as many of your claims as possible with supporting evidence, using reports, graphs, images, documents, minutes of meetings etc. Your organisation will not win an award by simply stating what you do; you need to be able to show and provide evidence of your organisation implementing its health and safety management systems. You can provide up to eight such documents for every question response.
Remember that not fully demonstrating your point can be the difference between a merit to bronze, bronze to silver, silver to gold etc.
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RoSPA Health and Safety Award Categories
Achieve a health and safety achievement award for your organisation by showing your health and safety performance, policies and procedures
Show your organisation has the best health and safety management performance within your sector
Fleet Safety Award
Get the recognition your organisation deserves for the way you manage your fleet
Leisure Safety Award
Work in leisure safety? This award recognises the importance of good health and safety management within your organisation