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Briggs Defence wins International Safety Award



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Date: 15th May 2018

Briggs Defence wins International Safety Award

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Briggs Defence has been recognised by the British Safety Council for its commitment to raising health and safety standards and safeguarding the wellbeing of its workforce.

The specialist division of asset management and engineering services provider Briggs Equipment, Briggs Defence was among 623organisations from the UK, Africa, Asia and the Middle East to win an International Safety Award for their performance during the 2017 calendar year.

Steve Bayliss of Briggs Defence received the accolade at the International Safety Awards scheme's gala dinner held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on April 27. He said: "We take the welfare of our personnel very seriously, especially since they can be deployed to non-fighting zones overseas or called upon to operate in challenging conditions at sea.

"It's reassuring to know that our exacting systems and procedures meet the British Safety Council's selection criteria and we're delighted that this, together with our ongoing investment in maintaining a robust health and safety regime, has been recognised with a prestigious International Safety Award."

Now in their 60th year, the International Safety Awards celebrate organisations from around the world which have demonstrated to the satisfaction of the scheme's independent judges their commitment to preventing workplace injuries and work-related ill health during the previous calendar year.

Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, congratulated Briggs Defence on its success in winning an International Safety Award 2018 with a Pass, saying: "The British Safety Council commends Briggs Defence on their achievement. The award is in recognition of their commitment and efforts to keep their employees and workplaces free of injury and ill health.  

"The long list of winners of the International Safety Awards demonstrates that an increasing number of companiesrecognise that the sensible and proportionate management of health and safety risksis a business enabler. It benefitsworkers, their families, businesses and society as a whole. By celebrating and sharing the achievements of the winners of the International Safety Awards, we encourage businesses all over the world to follow their lead and place employees' health and safety at the heart of their business.

"Our warmest congratulations to Briggs Defence.All of those working at Briggs Defence should be rightly proud of their achievement."

The International Safety Award reinforces Briggs Defence's commitment toprotecting its employees from the risk of injury and ill health. Following a rigorous programme of work to update its management system, Briggs Defence attained the standards required for accreditation to ISO 14001:2015 (Environment) and OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety). Its system complies with ISO 14001:2015 and workplace health and safety will be fully integrated following the introduction of ISO 45001:2018, theworld's first occupational health and safety international standard,which replaces OHSAS 18001.

Briggs Equipment securedRoSPA's Bronze Achievement Award in 2016 and has followed this up with a Silver Achievement Award for its health and safety record during 2017.

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Caption: Briggs Defence Compliance Manager Steve Bayliss (4thright) and colleagues receive the International Safety Award fromLawrence Waterman, Chairman of the British Safety Council (3rdleft).

Editor's Notes

About Briggs Defence

Formerly known as Defence Logistic Support (DLS), Briggs Defence is a specialist division of Briggs Equipment - a unique engineering and equipment provider, which relishes delivering innovation. With a team of more than 600 engineers throughout the UK, the company also provides global equipment and maintenance support. Currently, through its partnership with the Ministry of Defence, Briggs Defencemanages in excess of 4,000 assets at 279 MoD sites across 13 countries.

Thesole UK distributor for Yale and Hyster forklifts, Briggs enjoys strategic partnerships that offer customers a total solution and services all the equipment it sells. So, whether it's new, used or short-term hire equipment, Briggs has a proposition far more reaching than materials handling.The company's market leading fleet management tool, BE Portal, plays apivotal role in driving up standards of customer service and its in-house financing capability, BE Finance, offers customers greater flexibility. Briggs is transforming the industry by placing customers at the heart of everything it does. Discover more@BriggsUK

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About the International Safety Awards scheme
The International Safety Awards are open to organisations of all types, sizes and sectors in the UK and internationally, both members of the British Safety Council and non-members, and relate to the health and safety management at a specific site or business unit.

Applicants must answer a series of online questions about their management of health and safety risks during the previous year which are assessed by a team of independent chartered health and safety professionals. If the application meets the required standard, a pass, merit or - for really exceptional submissions - a distinction is awarded.

Selected high scoring winning organisations are shortlisted for additional ‘Sector Awards' recognising outstanding sites and business units in up to 13 individual business sectors, as judged by the independent adjudicators.

The International Safety Awards scheme also features two awards to recognise exceptional individual performance of non-health and safety professionals who played a significant role keeping their work colleagues safe and healthy. These are the Health and Safety Champion of the Year Award, for personnel aged 25 or over, and the Young Health and Safety Champion of the Year Award, for personnel aged 16-24.

These allow organisations applying for an International Safety Award to nominate individual employees who have gone the extra mile to help protect the health, safety and welfare of their colleagues and others.

The winners of the Sector Awards and the Health and Safety Champion and Young Health and Safety Champion of the Year, as well as two new awards,Employee Wellbeing Initiative and Health and Safety Innovation awards,will be announced at the International Safety Awards Gala Dinner on Friday 27 April 2018.

More information on the International Safety Awards can be found

About the British Safety Council
TheBritish Safety Councilis a world-leading expert in workplace health, safety and environmental management. It is a charity and membership organisation. The vision of the British Safety Council is thatno-one should be injured or made ill at work.

Since 1957, the British Safety Council has been campaigning to keep workers healthy and safe. Led by its charismatic founder James Tye, the organisation contributed to the creation of the Health and Safety at Work Act in 1974. It also helped to establish the British Wellness Council in 1979, which ahead of its times, dealt with stress in the workplace, as well as other issues.

More recently, the British Safety Council has focused its activities on workplace health and well-being, including mental health. In January 2017, British Safety Council helped to launch theMates in Mindprogramme, which provides information, support and training on mental health for the construction industry. InFebruary 2018, the British Safety Council launched a range ofmental health training courseswhich are designed to start conversations about mental health and support employees who are experiencing mental ill-health. 

The British Safety Council leads health and safety forums for all sectors of industry, facilitating and promoting best practice in Britain and overseas. It also works closely with leading charities in the fields of health, safety, wellbeing and mental health in the workplace.

We would be grateful if you could use British Safety Council in full rather than abbreviating to BSC when quoting our organisation.

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