New Charter awarded ‘gold medal’ for health and safety

09 April 2013

New Charter has been awarded a gold medal for the second year running for its health and safety standards by the Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

The gold medal award recognises an organisation that has achieved a gold award for five consecutive years and the housing trust has now made it six.

This achievement means New Charter consistently delivers a high level of health and safety practice across all areas of the company. This achievement is the sixth tier out of seven awarded by the body.

New Charter’s Building Company also achieved their first gold medal award this year having secured consecutive gold awards for the past five years, demonstrating its key commitment to carrying out all of their repairs and maintenance work to a high standard of safety.

At the same time, Gedling Homes, New Charter’s Nottingham-based landlord achieved its fourth gold award and will be keen to secure a gold medal next year too.

The RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards scheme is the largest and longest running programme of its kind in the UK. It recognises commitment to accident and ill health prevention and is open to businesses and organisations of all types in the UK and overseas.

The accreditation is an annual stamp of approval to show that New Charter is carrying out good practice standards in its day-to-day work. It also shows that the business is innovative and forward moving whilst maintaining safe practice for the wellbeing of customers and colleagues at all times.

Chris Amyes, New Charter’s executive director for people said: “We’re delighted to have maintained our gold medal award and be recognised as a leading organisation in health and safety practice at this level.

“The recognition for our Building Company with its first gold medal is also really positive and reflects strong work ethics, as does the accreditation for Gedling Homes.

“The results show the importance we place on health and safety and it is testament to the excellent work done by all our people.”

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.

“Jigsaw Group 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.”