Gatwick Airport has won three awards for the first time at the annual Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) awards ceremony, recognising the airport’s commitment to environment, health and safety (EHS) initiatives.
For the first time, the airport’s construction team was recognised with a ‘Highly Commended’ in the Industry Sector Award category for Construction Engineering. This competitive category is classed as a ‘major award’ by RoSPA and the award was given for demonstrating a robust and high quality health and safety management system across all construction projects at the airport.
Competitive awards go to the best entries in 24 industry sectors including construction, healthcare, transport and logistics, engineering, manufacturing and education.
In addition, Gatwick’s operations team picked up the International Dilmun Environmental Trophy, also considered a ‘major award’, and only given to one organisation each year. The Trophy was awarded in recognition of the airport’s Decade of Change strategy, which maps out how Gatwick aims to grow sustainably through responsible environmental management and performance, coupled with strong community programmes. This follows recent news from the Airport that it has achieved carbon neutral status.
The third award is a ‘Gold Award’ in the ‘Achievement’ category and is one that Gatwick is receiving for the fifth consecutive year. It recognises the airport for demonstrating high performance against its own individual EHS criteria under the ’Gatwick SAFE’ strategy, which sets out six core objectives covering: Leadership, Competence & Training, Health & Wellbeing, Communication & Engagement, Environmental Stewardship and Performance Improvement.
Gatwick’s Director of Construction, Raymond Melee, said:
“We are extremely proud to have been recognised with these awards. This achievement is testament to the entire Gatwick construction team, including all of our contractors, who work collaboratively on a day-to-day basis to ensure the successful and safe delivery of our projects across the airport.
“As we plan and build to continue our record growth, we will continue to ensure that safety, security and sustainability is infused in everything we do.”
Gatwick’s Head of Environment, Health and Safety, Ian Chalk, said:
“EHS is at the heart of everything we do at Gatwick and to win these awards is recognition of our continued commitment and success in this area. I feel very proud to lead a team which is dedicated to making Gatwick a safe place to work.”
RoSPA’s Head of Awards and Events, Julia Small, 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 all of our winners in this, our centenary year.”