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Safety first at Leeds Met

Our University has been awarded the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents gold medal for occupational health and safety in recognition of achieving a gold award in the Society's Occupational Health and Safety Awards for five consecutive years.

Our University is one of only three universities to hold the gold medal.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) scheme looks not only at accident records but also entrants' health and safety management systems, including important practices such as strong leadership and workforce involvement. The awards date back 58 years and recognise commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health prevention at work.

Professor Susan Price, Vice Chancellor of our University, commented: "I am delighted that we have achieved the Gold medal for occupational health and safety, in recognition of achieving five consecutive gold awards, becoming one of only three universities to achieve this high standard. This reflects the hard work that colleagues across the University put in consistently to ensure that we have a safe and healthy environment in which to work and study and that we constantly maintain our sector-leading performance in this area."

David Rawlins, RoSPA's Awards Manager, added: "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 Leeds Metropolitan University, contribute to a collective raising of the bar for other organisations to aspire to, and we offer them our congratulations."

The Gold medal will be presented at a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, at the National Exhibition Centre, on Wednesday 14 May. The majority of RoSPA's awards are non-competitive, awarding achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels, based on a range of performance criteria. Competitive awards are presented in more than 20 sectors.

This latest achievement builds on our University's success last year when it became the only university in the country to receive both the Customer Service Excellence (CSE) standard and the Investors in People gold standard.

The CSE standard is awarded to public sector bodies who demonstrate a commitment to driving customer-focused change within their organisation. To achieve the standard, an organisation must show they meet a range of detailed criteria, including customer insight, the culture of the organisation, information and access, delivery, and timeliness and quality of service.

Investors in People (IiP) is a nationally-recognised framework that helps organisations to improve their performance and realise objectives through the effective management and development of people.

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