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Accolades recognise Briggs Defence’s health and safety commitment




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Ref BDPR064                    Date: 5th July 2019 

Accolades recognise Briggs Defence's

health and safety commitment


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Four major health and safety commendations in as many months are testament to Briggs Defence's ongoing commitment to the health, safety and well-being of its employees.


As well as winning an International Safety Award and a RoSPA Silver Award the specialist division of asset management and engineering services provider Briggs Equipment was a finalist in the 2019Safety & Health Excellence Awards. In addition, Briggs Defence's occupational health and safety management system hasachieved the ISO45001:2018 standard.


Briggs Defence is one of 248 organisations to win a Merit in the 2019 International Safety Awards.  Presented by the British Safety Council, the accolades celebrate organisations from around the world that have satisfied the scheme's independent judging panel of their commitment to preventing workplace injuries and work-related ill health during the previous calendar year.


A commitment to making safety a priority has also resulted in a RoSPA Silver Award. Briggs Defence's record throughout 2018 was judged to clearly demonstrate a robust occupational health and safety management system and culture. RoSPA's independent panel of experts includes representatives from the Health and Safety Executive, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and the Trades Union Congress who commended Briggs Defence for complying with control measures governing principal risks and action on health issues.


For championing the importance of health and safety and implementing improvements to keep people safe, Briggs Defence was named as a finalist in the 2019 Safety & Health Excellence Awards staged in conjunction with the British Safety Industry Federation. Briggs Defence was shortlisted for the Health & Safety Team of the Year accolade, which recognises health and safety teams that make a significant difference in their work environment.


In 2018 the health and safety management system used by Briggs Defence was assessed by the British Standards Institute as compliant with the standards required by OHS 655623 (BS OHSAS 18001:2007). Since then, investment in enhancements and general improvements have ensured that the system - operated across the Briggs Equipment business - now meets the requirements of the ISO45001:2018 standard governing the sale, hire and lease of equipment and the provision of service, maintenance and equipment repair to Briggs Defence customers.


Gary Clements of Briggs Defence said: "We wholeheartedly endorse the British Safety Council's philosophy that sensible and proportionate management of health and safety risks benefits employees, organisations and society as a whole. That's why we put health and safety at the heart of our business.


"We're very proud of our dedicated health and safety team whose work has led to increased staff participation and, by improving thereputation of health and safety in the workplace, hasproduced outstanding results."


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Caption: Briggs Defence commits to keeping people safe in the workplace with a quartet of health and safety accolades. Pictured at the presentation of the RoSPA Silver Award are:Stephen Richards, SHEQ Advisor at Briggs Defence, andRoSPA Trustee Jocelyn McNulty.



Editor's Notes

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 2,500+ MOD assets across 279 locations in 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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