16 October 2019
FirstPort Property Services Ltd has won the prestigious Sword of Honour from the British Safety Council for 2019.
The company was one of only 84 organisations worldwide to achieve a Sword of Honour, which 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 has also demonstrated to an independent panel of experts that it has achieved excellence in health and safety management throughout the business – from their developments to head office.
Nigel Howell, Chief Executive of FirstPort said: “We’re most honoured to have earned the Sword of Honour. I would like to congratulate all my colleagues for working so hard to deliver high health and safety standards at our workplaces and the residential developments that we manage. We have an outstanding Health and Safety team who maintain the highest standards across our industry, which has been recognised by this award.”
Lawrence Waterman, Chairman of the British Safety Council, said: “On behalf of the board of trustees and staff of the British Safety Council I would like to congratulate FirstPort on achieving the very highest standards of health and safety management. Excellence at this level is very hard won. We are proud to have supported you in your achievements, and I am delighted that you have chosen to celebrate it with us today.”
About the awards
The 2019 awards mark the 40th consecutive year in which the British Safety Council has awarded the Sword of Honour for health and safety management excellence and the eighth year of awarding the Globe of Honour for excellence in environmental management.
The winners achieved the maximum five stars in the British Safety Council’s independent Five Star health and safety and/or environmental management audits in the period 1 August 2018 – 31 July 2019. They also demonstrated to an independent adjudication panel that they had a proven track record and culture of best practice for excellence in health and safety or environmental management that runs throughout the business, from the shopfloor to the boardroom.
The winning organisations are invited to a luncheon at Merchant Taylor’s Hall in the City of London on Friday 22 November 2019 to celebrate and share their success. This event will be an enjoyable way to network and share experiences and knowledge about how best to keep workers safe and healthy and to ensure sustainable business practices.