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G4S wins six Swords of Honour

Six G4S businesses in the UK have been awarded Swords of Honour by the British Safety Council, in recognition of their extremely high standards of health and safety.
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The prestigious award means these G4S teams are amongst the top 40 performing companies in the world to have achieved this accolade this year:

HM Prison Wolds
HM Prison Altcourse
G4S Court Services
Manchester Magistrates Court
Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre

The Sword of Honour scheme recognises organisations which have implemented safety systems that are among the best in the world. Only organisations that achieve the maximum rating of five stars in the Council’s Five Star Health and Safety Management System Audit are eligible to apply.The eligible organisations then have to prove they have a culture of aiming for best practice and that it is promoted across the business, from the shop floor to the boardroom.The competition this year was intense with approximately 300 applications submitted to the British Safety Council.

David Taylor-Smith, Chief Executive Officer of G4S Secure Solutions, UK & Ireland said: “This is wonderful news. Winning these awards recognises the dedication and commitment by our people to ensure a consistent level of health and safety excellence. I would like to thank everyone involved in helping us achieve this level of outstanding performance and success and for their continued commitment to supporting the highest possible standards.”

Mr Nimick, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, said: “Everyone winning a Sword of Honour this year has demonstrated that in addition to ensuring extremely high standards of Health and Safety in the workplace, they have also considered how their business impacts on others. Being a winner of a Sword this year is an exceptional achievement, something that everyone in your organisation can be proud of.”

A message of congratulations was also sent by Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who said: “I send my congratulations to all of those organisations being presented with a Sword of Honour by the British Safety Council. These awards recognise the crucial success that they and their employees have achieved in their pursuit of excellence in the management of health, safety and environmental matters.”