Brose wins third gold RoSPA award

BroseSafety300Automotive supplier Brose UK, a past Best Factory Award winner, has received its third Gold award in as many years from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

The Coventry-based supplier of mechatronic systems and electric drives, was recognised for its dedication to workplace health and safety across its 11,000 sq metre facility in Exhall.

RoSPA’s David Rawlins said the company had shown that it was committed to striving for continuous improvement in accident and ill health prevention.

Deborah Ritchie, Head of HR at Brose, added: “We are very proud of our health and safety record and delighted to have achieved the Gold Standard again from RoSPA. This proves that our internal systems are operating to an extremely high standard and ensures working here is a safe and enjoyable experience.”

Brose UK said that it invested significantly in its tailored health and safety management system that is approved to OHSAS 18001 and ensured all members of its 280-strong workforce receive regular training and refresher courses.

The management team also undertakes weekly reviews to identify any potential issues and to suggest improvements in working practices.

“Our people are the heart of everything we do. In the last year, we have increased the workforce from 190 to 280 staff and, despite this rapid expansion, we have maintained an excellent track record in accident prevention,” Ritchie added.

Brose UK was also praised by the judges for its ability to identify issues and quickly develop solutions that will resolve them.

The firm’s biggest health and safety concern was around small cuts to hands and arms. Although this wasn’t a major issue, it was investigated fully and a change in the type of gloves issued to operators on high-risk activities was implemented. This is having a major effect, with the number of incidents reduced by 22%.

This material is protected by copyright Ken Hurst 2013.


About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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