The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has awarded the council's building and housing repair service the highest level of recognition, its coveted gold award. This gold standard of health and safety encourages and rewards a very high level of awareness as well as recognising continuous improvement over a sustained period - in this case, three years. It also recognises that a good health and safety record impacts positively on the council's ability to deliver services to tenants.
A wide range of indicators were examined in the award, including management's commitment to health and safety within the council, and how that commitment compares to the approach of other, similar organisations.
Assistant director of housing, David Harris, said: 'This highly coveted award, coming to us for the third year running, illustrates our firmly-held commitment to health and safety and looking after the welfare of our employees. We believe that the true test of a health and safety policy is not in what is written down on paper, but what is carried out in the workplace, and this award shows that our practices on the ground are among the very best of any local authority anywhere in the country.'
'The award also demonstrates in very real terms how we are committed to continually improving our performance for the benefit of our tenants'.