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Publication Date: 05/10/2017 

Treble gold award win for staff's safety success 

RoSPA honours for laundry, hotel services and maintenance 


Representatives from the three departments 

NHS Lanarkshire is celebrating a hat-trick of awards for its focus on health and safety.

Gold Awards from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) went to three teams - hotel services, maintenance and West of Scotland Laundry.

They are all part of the health board’s property and support services division (PSSD).

It’s the seventh time the Wishaw-based laundry has won the award, meaning the staff have shown continual improvement over the period.

The laundry processes more than 240,000 items a week for all hospitals and care centres within NHS Lanarkshire, NHS Dumfries and Galloway, NHS Ayrshire and Arran and the State Hospital.

For hotel services, which oversees catering, it’s the third time they’ve scooped a Gold Award, while the maintenance team were delighted to strike gold for a second time.

The awards mark a very high level of performance, demonstrating well-developed occupational health and safety management systems and culture, outstanding control of risk and very low levels of error, harm and loss.

PSSD general manager John Paterson said: “Health and safety is always uppermost in our minds at NHS Lanarkshire so we’re really encouraged by the approach all three services have taken.

“It’s shown great teamwork, involving all the staff, who’ve collectively found a number of solutions to potential health and safety challenges.

“To secure gold standard at all is a considerable achievement for PSSD, but to be able to retain this high level of recognition several years in a row is even more challenging and impressive, so congratulations to all those whose hard work is underlined by this achievement.”

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 globe.

“Winning one demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record. Achieving the standard required is no mean feat.”