Time is running out for organisations to enter the 2010 RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards, with less than four weeks left until the entry cut-off point.

The closing date for entries into this year’s celebration of commitment to occupational safety and health is February 12.

Hundreds of applications have already been received, and RoSPA is now getting ready for the traditionally busy final four weeks of entry to the prestigious awards programme.

The RoSPA Awards programme, now in its 54th year, is the leading scheme of its type and is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes, both in the UK and overseas. Judges consider accident records and also look at overall health and safety management systems, recognising practices such as strong leadership and workforce involvement.

Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA chief executive, said: “Organisations which take the wellbeing of their workers and members of the public seriously deserve to have their dedication recognised – that’s where the RoSPA Awards come in.

“I hope organisations which have yet to do so will soon apply to join the ranks of those who have been honoured previously. Last year, more than 1,650 winners were feted and their example should continue to inspire others to enter.”

New features, including an optional feedback service for organisations entering for a non-competitive achievement award, have been added this year. Feedback will still be given as standard to those entering the competitive sector awards.

The awards are sponsored by NEBOSH – the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health – and presentations will take place next year in Birmingham in May (alongside Safety and Health Expo) and Glasgow in September.

The majority of awards are non-competitive. However, competitive awards go to the best entries in 22 industry sectors including construction, healthcare, transport and logistics, engineering, manufacturing and education. There are awards for workforce involvement, training, occupational health, environmental management and managing occupational road risk (MORR), and a trophy for the best organisation operating or based in Scotland. RoSPA’s top accolade is the Sir George Earle Trophy, which was won by Northern Rail in 2009.
The top MORR award is being sponsored by Allianz Insurance plc for the first time, becoming the RoSPA/Allianz MORR Trophy.

Full details are available at www.rospa.com/awards/