Sandwell Leisure Trust operates eight leisure centres and a golf course on behalf of Sandwell Council including the new Portway Lifestyle Centre and Tipton Leisure Centre.
To mark its eighth year of achieving the honour, the trust was awarded a gold medal award at the National RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2014.
The Gold Medal was awarded at the annual awards by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
As the UK’s family safety charity, RoSPA’s mission to save lives and reduce injuries covers all ages and stages of life. In support of this mission, the RoSPA Awards, which date back 58 years, recognise commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health prevention at work. Through the scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.
The majority of RoSPA’s awards are non-competitive, grading achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Organisations that maintain high standards in consecutive years can win gold medals, president’s awards and orders of distinction.
Competitive awards are presented in more than 20 industry sectors, and they also recognise excellence in specialist areas, such as the management of occupational road risk (MORR).
Sandwell Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Paul Moore, said: “It’s a wonderful achievement for Sandwell Leisure Trust to be recognised by RoSPA for the eighth consecutive year.
“This award demonstrates SLT’s and Sandwell Council’s commitment to delivering safe facilities for the residents of Sandwell.”
Paul Slater, Chief Executive of SLT said, "Maintaining the RoSPA Gold Award is testament to how important health and safety is to Sandwell Leisure Trust. We are committed to providing quality, affordable and most importantly safe facilities for everyone to enjoy.”
David Rawlins, RoSPA’s awards manager, said: “The RoSPA Awards encourage the raising of occupational health and safety standards across the board. Organisations that gain recognition for their health and safety management systems such as Sandwell Leisure Trust, contribute to a collective raising of the bar for other organisations to aspire to, and we offer them our congratulations.”