Coast & Country has been named as a winner of the Gold Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents’ (RoSPA) annual Health and Safety Awards 2017.

The award was achieved during a special year for safety charity RoSPA, as it celebrates its centenary.

Through the RoSPA Awards scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including leadership and workforce involvement. The awards are now in the 61st year.

John Buckton, lead risk assessor, accepted the award on behalf of Coast & Country: “This honour represents the care and diligence Coast & Country places in its health and safety, and our ongoing commitment to ensure the safety of our residents, staff and local communities. Our number one priority is maintaining an outstanding service, where we go above and beyond to ensure safeguarding comes first.”

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards are the most prestigious in the world of occupational health and safety, and held in high regard around the world, as winning one demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record. Achieving the standard required is no mean feat. We congratulate all of our winners in this, our centenary year”.

Iain Sim, chief executive of Coast & Country, said:  “This is the fourth year in a row that we have won a Gold award.

“I am delighted that once again our commitment to health and safety has been verified by a trusted, independent organisation.   It is testament to everyone at Coast & Country who works hard to ensure that it is a safe environment for all our employees.”

The majority of awards are non-competitive and mark achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Gold medals, president’s awards and orders of distinction are presented to organisations sustaining the high standards of the gold level over consecutive years. For the first time in 2017, the Patron’s Award has been presented to those organisations that have achieved consecutive gold awards for 25 years or more.

Headline sponsor of the RoSPA Awards 2017 is NEBOSH – the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health – for the 12th consecutive year.