Berkeley wins RoSPA Housebuilding and Property Development Industry Sector Award for health and safety practices

Berkeley Homes (East Thames), a division of leading housebuilder group Berkeley, has been handed a prestigious award in recognition of its practices and achievements in helping its employees, supply chain and customers get home safely at the end of each working day.

Berkeley Homes (East Thames) has won the Housebuilding and Property Development Industry Sector Award in the internationally-renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards, the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK.  The RoSPA Awards scheme, which receives entries from organisations around the world, recognises achievement in health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

On any given day approximately 1,200 people work across Berkeley Homes (East Thames)’ two sites in South East London and the business takes a strong, proactive approach to ensuring their safety and wellbeing.

Karl Whiteman, Divisional Managing Director for Berkeley Homes (East Thames), comments,

“Berkeley wouldn’t be the business it is without its talented and diverse workforce – they’re our strongest resource and the health, safety and wellbeing is of utmost importance.”

“We know that when our most senior employees play a role in health and safety it sets a positive example for all our staff and supply chain to follow, which is borne out in our track record.  For us, a safe environment isn’t just one with an absence or low number of incidents but one where our management and staff are actively identifying hazards and take positive action to eliminate them.  That’s why we keep health and safety quite literally at the top of the agenda, and why we’re honoured to be recognised by RoSPA for our commitment.”

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of qualifications, awards and events, said:

“The RoSPA Awards are the most highly-respected in the health and safety arena, with almost 2,000 entrants every year, and allow organisations to prove excellence in the workplace, demonstrating a commitment to the wellbeing of not only employees but all those who interact with it.”

Berkeley Homes (East Thames) has spent the past 12 months as an active member of RoSPA’s National Occupational Safety and Health Committee (NOSHC).  The NOSHC is a voluntary association with members drawn from organisations representing a cross-section of occupational safety and health interests and which acts as an advisory committee to RoSPA to help drive up industry standards.

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