02 December 2019
The awards ceremony, hosted at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London, brought together hundreds of like-minded leaders in the sector and recognised ‘the best of the best’ in health and safety management.
Mark Varley, Director of Health and Safety at FirstPort, said: “I was honoured to represent FirstPort at the Sword of Honour ceremony. It really brought home to me how prestigious this award is when listening to the speeches and talking to others who were there on behalf of their businesses. The fact that we are one of only 84 organisations worldwide to achieve this is very humbling.
“At FirstPort, Health and Safety is not just the responsibility of one person or a team, it’s something every single member of staff takes great care and pride in day in, day out. It is the hard work they put in that has won us this fantastic accolade, so I would like to thank all of them.”
The Sword of Honour is awarded to companies which have demonstrated excellence in the management of health and safety risks at work. In order to compete for the Sword of Honour an organisation first had to achieve the maximum five stars in the British Safety Council’s health and safety management audit scheme in the period August 2018 – July 2019. It also had to demonstrate to an independent panel of experts that it had achieved excellence in health and safety management throughout the business.
Mark Varley, Director of Health and Safety at FirstPort was presented with the Sword of Honour by Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council at the prestigious ceremony.