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Northern Gas Networks, the North of England’s gas distributor, has received a consecutive gold award at the annual RoSPA awards.

The prestigious annual health and safety awards are run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and are internationally recognised as the most sought-after accolade in the health and safety industry by organisations from every sector.

NGN received a gold award in the non-competitive achievement category based on their occupational health and safety performance assessed against the judging criteria.

The judges, consisting of highly experienced health and safety professionals, looked at NGN’s overarching occupational health and safety management system activities throughout 2017 and performance against key indicators, including practices such as leadership, workforce involvement, key achievements and the prevention of accidents and ill-health.

Mark Simpson, Health and Safety Compliance Manager, said: “I am delighted for all NGN colleagues for achieving this prestigious award, which is independent recognition of everyone’s positive attitude to health and safety.

“We take health and safety very seriously at NGN and this award is recognition for everyone within NGN of their commitment to the subject and a great way to allow us to continually challenge and improve our performance.”

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of qualifications, awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards are the most highly-respected in the health and safety arena, with almost 2,000 entrants every year, and allow organisations to prove excellence in the workplace, demonstrating a commitment to the wellbeing of not only employees but all those who interact with it.”

The majority of awards are non-competitive and mark achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Gold medals, president’s awards, orders of distinction and the Patron’s Award are presented to organisations sustaining the high standards of the gold level over consecutive years.

NGN will be receiving their gold award at a ceremony on 13 September in Glasgow. For more information about the RoSPA Awards visit: rospa.com/awards

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