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14 June 2013

Cardiff and Vale College wins national Health & Safety award

Cardiff and Vale College is one of the safest colleges in Wales as well as one of the biggest, according to the UK’s leading accident prevention charity.

The College, which has nearly 25,000 students, has won the Gold Award in the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Occupational Health & Safety Awards.

The RoSPA Awards recognise commitment to accident and ill health prevention. The judges look not just at accident records, but also the entrants’ overarching Health & Safety management systems including practices such as leadership and workforce environment.

David Rawlins, RoSPA’s awards manager, said: “RoSPA firmly believes that organisations that demonstrate commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health prevention deserve recognition. Cardiff and Vale College has shown that it is committed to striving for such continuous improvement and we are delighted to honour it through the presentation of an award.”

CAVC Health & Safety Manager Phil Mackie said: “I am delighted that the team has won this award. The College sees its students and staff as its greatest assets, so keeping them safe while they study and work is a real priority for us.”

The majority of awards that RoSPA presents are non-competitive, marking achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Organisations maintaining high standards can win gold medals, president’s awards and orders of distinction.

Competitive awards are presented in more than 20 sectors, and competitive awards also recognise excellence in specialist areas, such as the management of occupational road risk (MORR).

Three days of award ceremonies and three banquets were held in Birmingham alongside Safety and Health Expo 2013, which is Europe’s leading annual health and safety exhibition. An award ceremony and gala dinner will also take place in Glasgow on September 19. See www.rospa.com/awards/ for more information about the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards.