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College receives RoSPA Health and Safety Award for 11th year running

Thursday 10 February 2022

Selby College marks over a decade of Health and Safety excellence with its 11th Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Gold Award.

The College has received RoSPA’s Gold Award for 11 consecutive years, highlighting its commitment and initiatives to communicate and drive a world class health and safety system designed to keep its staff, students and visitors safe whilst they are at the College.

The RoSPA Awards scheme is internationally recognised and awarded to organisations demonstrating outstanding Health and Safety practice. Every year, nearly 2,000 entrants try to achieve the highest possible accolade in what is the UK’s longest-running Health and Safety industry awards.

“This award demonstrates the College’s commitment and high standards to creating a safe learning and working environment for our students and staff for more than ten years. Our Health and Safety Coordinator, Estates Team and the rest of the College work extremely hard day-to-day to adhere to best practice when it comes to Health and Safety and their efforts haven’t gone unrecognised with this award."

David Kellett, Health and Safety Link Governor at Selby College

When assessing the applications, the award scheme also takes into consideration senior leadership involvement, training and competency, workforce involvement and consultation and accident investigation and remediation.

“I’m delighted to be joining the College at such an exciting time as it marks another year of outstanding Health and Safety practice. We also have a stellar record at Wakefield College when it comes to Health and Safety standards, so I’m really looking forward to seeing our teams come together to share their expertise and best practice in this area, further raising the bar for safety in the workplace and for our students and visitors.”

Sam Wright, who joined Selby College as the Interim Principal and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in January 2022 and has been the Principal and (CEO) of Wakefield College for the past 11 years.

In 2020, the College was presented with RoSPA’s esteemed President Accolade which is given to organisations who have received 10 Consecutive Gold Awards.

“At Selby College the health, safety and wellbeing of our colleagues, students and visitors is our top priority. Maintaining these high standards of Health and Safety practice has been quite a challenge over the past 18 months due to the pandemic, but we’ve strived to maintain this high standard and are extremely pleased that our hard work has paid off, which this accolade highlights."

Neil Whiteley, Health and Safety Coordinator at Selby College