The British Safety Council has announced the winners of this year’s Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour awards for excellent health, safety and environmental management. 50 organisations across the world and different sectors have been awarded Swords of Honour and 5 have been awarded Globes of Honour.
The 7 award winners from the Middle East are united in their belief that every worker deserves to be treated with respect and for their safety and health to be given the highest priority.
For Alex Botha, chief executive of the British Safety Council, these companies represent the start of a long journey. “The Middle East needs to do more to improve the health and wellbeing of its workers. Too many injuries and illnesses go unreported and more can be done to manage and reduce the risks that workers are exposed to. However, these seven award winners – and in particular Dubai Electricity & Water Authority and Qatargas who both won Sword and Globe of Honour awards – demonstrate that anything is possible. By taking responsibility to manage the risks they create, businesses thrive and benefit from more productive workers.
“With over 2.3 million people in workplaces across the world senselessly killed due to injury or ill health each year, and with an estimated 4% of global GDP lost due to health and safety failure, we know that key to keeping workers healthy and safe is to convince business leaders why good health and safety and environmental management is vital and makes good business sense. I congratulate those Middle East winners. The more we can do to promote these awards and the winners and learn from them, the more we can save lives.
“Winning organisations will be invited to London to celebrate and share their success. Our exclusive event will be an enjoyable way to meet others of a similar mind and exchange experiences and knowledge about how best to keep workers safe and well.”
The 2014 awards mark the 35th consecutive year the British Safety Council awards the Sword of Honour for health and safety management excellence, and the fourth year of awarding the Globe of Honour for excellence in environmental management.
The winners had achieved the maximum five stars in the British Safety Council’s audit scheme in the period August 2013 – July 2014. They have also demonstrated to an independent panel of experts that they are excellent at managing their health and safety and/or environmental risks throughout the organisation – from the shopfloor to the boardroom.