Upholding the gold standard
National Express UK Coach has been recognised by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) with a gold award in recognition of excellence in safety - for the third consecutive year.
The coach company achieved the accolade, awarded only to organisations that consistently deliver the highest occupational standards, in the 2017 RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards. The award was achieved during a special year for family-safety charity RoSPA, as it celebrates its centenary.
To get the gold standard National Express demonstrated an outstanding safety performance underpinned by well-developed occupational health and safety management systems, outstanding risk control, and high levels of workforce engagement.
Alongside sustained investment in safety initiatives, crucially National Express showed how safety is at the heart of business culture and delivered effectively at all levels through its Driving Out Harm programme.
Staff were shown to be empowered to make a difference and recognised for individual contributions to health, safety and welfare at the company’s annual Values Awards.
Focus on health and safety was also shown to be a relentless and ongoing task with clearly defined programmes communicated throughout the business.
Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards are the most prestigious in the world of occupational health and safety, and held in high regard around the world, as winning one demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record. Achieving the standard required is no mean feat.
“This is a special year in the history of RoSPA, and we congratulate National Express, which has just achieved its third successive gold win, and all of our winners in this, our centenary year”.
National Express Head of Safety Craig Barker said: “Nothing is more important to National Express than safety and this third successive gold award underlines our unwavering commitment to eliminating harm throughout our business. Everyone has a role to play in driving out harm and so we are particularly pleased that this award really speaks volumes about the total commitment of our all our staff. Outstanding safety must be delivered daily – and we are already working towards next year’s award.”
The gold award comes after National Express achieved the maximum five stars from a health and safety audit carried out by The British Safety Council and being certified as meeting the internationally-recognised OHSAS 18001 occupational Health and Safety Management Standard.
For more information about the RoSPA Awards visit www.rospa.com/awards