National Physical Laboratory

NPL scoops Sir George Earle Trophy at prestigious RoSPA Health and Safety Awards

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has honoured the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) with the Sir George Earle Trophy, for being committed to developing a high quality health and safety agenda.

David Hall receiving the RoSPA trophy

The trophy, which recognises the best entry to RoSPA Health and Safety Awards, was presented to the NPL Health and Safety team for their strength of health and safety management capability and how health, safety and wellbeing are embedded in the organisation's culture – rather than just relying on formal systems and procedures.

The judging panel also praised NPL's commitment to embracing a wide safety agenda, developing the safety skillset of the next generation, investing in and supporting apprentices and embedding health and safety values and knowledge.

NPL was also awarded the Research and Development Sector award, which recognises outstanding performance in health and safety, robust and high quality safety management system, together with a minimum of four years' consistently excellent or continuously improving health and safety performance.

Martyn Sené, Deputy CEO at NPL, said: "It's an absolute honour to receive RoSPA's Sir George Earle Trophy. Being recognised as best entry to the awards is a testament to the hard work of all the staff here at NPL and their commitment to ensuring the highest possible standard of health and safety.

"We will continue work with our people at NPL to improve our occupational health, safety and wellbeing."

NPL also teaches school students about understanding and managing risks associated with the exciting experiments and activities they take part in, as part of their active STEM programme, providing educational outreach to thousands of school and college students, and promoting interest in science and engineering, its importance and its practical application.

Errol Taylor, RoSPA's Chief Executive, said: "The panel was impressed by the strong example being set by NPL within its industry, and its approach not just to its own health and safety management, but shaping the understanding of the international science-based working community.

"Through involvement with many other organisations and networks in the laboratory-based science field, both in the UK and overseas – including certain leading universities – NPL is able to share widely and compare operational experience and best practice in health and safety, and make a positive impact outside its own confines."

The awards programme, which is sponsored by NEBOSH (the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health), is the largest occupational health and safety awards programme in the UK, and is now into its 62nd year. It recognises organisations' commitment to continuous improvement in the prevention of accidents and ill-health at work, looking at entrants' overarching health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

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Last Updated: 11 Jul 2018
Created: 6 Jul 2018

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