NCC scoops top awards and ISO standard in health and safety

16 August 2019

The National Composites Centre (NCC) has been awarded both the Gold award and Best New Entry from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), when participating for the very first time.

The prestigious Gold award is the highest accolade in RoSPA’s annual Health and Safety Awards. It was handed to the NCC for having very high level of performance, demonstrating well-developed occupational health and safety management systems and culture, outstanding control of risk and very low levels of error, harm and loss. RoSPA has also judged the NCC’s entry as the best out of all entries from new organisations participating this year.

The NCC has also successfully been certified to the new occupational health and safety standard ISO45001 at its first attempt. This standard helps organisations to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions.

The ISO45001 auditor reports: “In its desire to be a leading example with engineering and technology, the National Composites Centre has ensured that all processes are closely linked to safety. Through a process of clearly established safety objectives, the company, through management review and consultation, have developed a management system to meet its strategic direction.”

Andrew Hopcraft, Chief Operating Officer at the NCC, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to achieve the Gold award and Best New Entry from RoSPA at our first attempt. We’re the place where innovation happens, with state-of-the-art equipment, capabilities and technologies that must be handled correctly and safely.

“To be recognised so highly by RoSPA and now to achieve the demanding and rigorous ISO45001 standard is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all our people. Health and safety is our top priority here at the NCC; we aspire to provide the safest and healthiest environment for our workforce and to be role models in our industry for our customers.

“And so the hard work does not stop here. There is always more to do and we will continue to improve, but we do this from excellent foundations.”

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of qualifications, awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards have become the key fixture in the health and safety calendar with new sponsors and new awards this year including the Leisure Safety Awards, the Safe @ Work Safe @ Home Award and the Inspiration Awards. Highly-respected, with almost 2,000 entrants every year, RoSPA award winners benefit from the wide-ranging rewards of improved sector reputation.”

The NCC will attend the 2019 RoSPA Health and Safety Awards ceremony and gala dinner on 12th September in Glasgow to celebrate its achievement and commitment to raising the standards of health and safety management.

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