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NORTHERN POWERGRID CELEBRATES ORDER OF DISTINCTION AWARD FOR ITS HEALTH AND SAFETY RECORD

RoSPA Award with GarethNorthern Powergrid, the company that powers everyday life for 8 million people across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, is celebrating after landing an internationally-recognised award for demonstrating high health and safety standards.

The electricity distributor received the RoSPA Order of Distinction in both its licence areas with its Northeast licence area having received 20 consecutive Golds and its Yorkshire licence area having received 17 consecutive Golds. The awards recognise the hard work of the company to ensure its colleagues and contractors get home safely to their families at the end of every working day.

Organisations receiving a RoSPA Award are recognised as being world-leaders in health and safety practice. Every year, nearly 2,000 entrants vie to achieve the highest possible accolade in what is the UK’s longest-running health and safety industry awards.

Gareth Pearson, Northern Powergrid’s head of health, safety and training said: "The RoSPA Health and Safety Awards provide organisations an excellent opportunity to prove their on-going commitment to raising health and safety standards. The longevity and undisputed reputation of RoSPA and the Awards scheme is just one of the key reasons it has been recognising and celebrating excellence in safety performance longer than any other in the industry. To be awarded an Order of Distinction for both our licence areas is the highest praise and recognises Northern Powergrid’s commitment, and the commitment of our colleagues, to the on-going improvement in health and safety performance.”

Julia Small, RoSPA’s achievements director, said: “The RoSPA Awards scheme is the longest-running of its kind in the UK, but it receives entries from organisations across the globe, making it one of the most sought-after achievement awards for health and safety worldwide.

“RoSPA is very proud of the achievements of its entrants, and with this award we recognise the best of the best, those organisations that have gone the extra mile, raising the bar for the delivery of safety in the workplace. Employees, wherever they may be should be able to go to work safe in the knowledge that they will return home unharmed and healthy at the end of every day. Our RoSPA Award winners are central to achieving this goal. By entering they are driving up standards and setting new safety benchmarks for organisations across the world. Currently, around 7million people are directly impacted by the RoSPA Awards, but the scheme’s global influence is even wider – with nearly 2000 organisations from 46 countries represented this year. I would also particularly want to thank our main sponsor NEBOSH, the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health – for their continued support for the 16th consecutive year.”

For more information about the RoSPA Awards visit rospa.com/awards.

Northern Powergrid, as part of its planning for 2023 and beyond, has recently launched its draft business plan in which it shares its commitment to be an energy industry leader in safety and keep its colleagues and members of the public safe. Over the coming months Northern Powergrid will be engaging with its customers and other key stakeholders to understand if they agree and accept its proposals in readiness for  submitting its final business plan for 2023-28 to the energy regulator, Ofgem, on 1 December 2021.