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Humberside Fire and Rescue Service proudly received a silver Industry Sector Award at the Annual Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2015. The RoSPA awards are internationally recognised and are a highly regarded accolade within the safety industry.

Phil Smith, Health, Safety and Environment Officer at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The RoSPA Award not only demonstrates the Service’s commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing of its staff but also highlights the active role all employees play in the successful implementation of the management of health and safety within the organisation. The Health, Safety and Environment team are very proud of the achievement and view it as a point from which work can be generated and further improvements be made.”

In recent years Humberside Fire and Rescue Service has developed and implemented a robust Health and Safety management approach, one of which was to introduce a new online health and safety reporting system.

“All our staff now have the ability to report vehicle collisions, accidents and near misses quickly and accurately, without unnecessary paper work. We can then interrogate the online system to run reports and identify trends more effectively. We are also currently developing a Behavioural Safety Training Programme to deliver to staff across the organisation, it will explore how people act and react in day to day health and safety scenarios, particularly on the incident ground. The programme aims to give firefighters the confidence to make informed health and safety decisions at incidents. This will lead to a more efficiently managed incident which, in turn, will improve firefighter safety.”