SPRINGFIELDS, U.K., July 14, 2016 - Westinghouse Springfields site located in Preston has been awarded the prestigious Order of Distinction Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). This is the 16th consecutive year that the company’s enhanced safety culture and safety improvements have been recognised by RoSPA.

RoSPA and the Order of Distinction Award are internationally recognised achievements for operations in 24 industry sectors including construction, healthcare, transport and logistics, engineering, manufacturing and education. The award offers organisations the opportunity to prove their ongoing commitment to raising safety standards and to celebrate success. The 2016 award highlights the many initiatives introduced by Westinghouse including regular safety workshops for all employees, near-miss reporting, risk assessments and the development of a safety culture which has been embraced by all employees.

“This is a tremendous and fitting accolade to recognise our employees’ commitment to health and safety, particularly during Springfields 70th anniversary,” stated Managing Director of Westinghouse U.K. Fuel Operations, Simon Marshall. “For 16 successive years our occupational health and safety management systems and our management-union partnership and culture have received awards at the highest level, reflecting the importance Westinghouse places on safety throughout the company worldwide.”

The RoSPA Health and Safety Awards is celebrating its diamond anniversary, marking 60 years the awards have been celebrating excellence in safety performance. The awards programme is the largest and longest-running of its kind in the U.K. It recognises commitment to accident and ill health prevention and is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the U.K. and other countries. The programme looks at accident records as well as entrants’ overarching health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of awards and events, said: “To win an award at such a highly-regarded event as the RoSPA Awards is a great achievement for our winners. It recognises their commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record and raises the bar for other organisations to aspire to. We offer them our congratulations.

“This year was doubly special for our winners as their achievements were recognised as the RoSPA Awards celebrated its diamond anniversary, which is a ringing endorsement of the thousands of businesses and organisations that have committed to continuous improvement in accident and ill-health prevention.”