A SUNDERLAND company has scooped a national award for playing it safe.
Castletown-based pump manufacturer Grundfos has won a gold award in an annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
The firm will be presented with its RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Award at a ceremony in London in June.
Janette Ede, senior environments, health and safety specialist at Grundfos, said: “As a major Sunderland employer, we take health and safety extremely seriously.
“We have office, factory, distribution and canteen environments at our Castletown site and take health and safety equally as seriously in all four.
“We’re delighted with our Gold Award and it’s proof that we, as a company, and our employees as a workforce, have health and safety as a top priority.
“We’ll not be complacent, however, and will continue to work hard to maintain and even improve our high standards wherever possible.
“Last year we launched the Grundfos Safe behaviours vision, with a focus on moving away from a dependent health and safety culture, to an environment where all employees take full ownership for safety.”
The RoSPA awards are 58 years old and recognise commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill-health prevention at work.
The scheme is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes in the UK and overseas.
Judges consider entrants’ whole occupational health and safety management system, including factors such as leadership and workforce involvement.
David Rawlins, RoSPA’s awards manager, said: “The RoSPA Awards encourage the raising of occupational health and safety standards across the board.
“Organisations that gain recognition for their health and safety management systems, such as Grundfos, contribute to a collective raising of the bar for other organisations to aspire to, and we offer them our congratulations.”