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The British Safety Council has officially launched the Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour awards, which aim to recognise those businesses that have shown exemplary management of health, safety and environmental risks.

This marks the Sword of Honour awards’ 36th year and the sixth year of the Globe of Honour, which recognises excellence in environmental management.

Any business that has achieved five stars in the British Safety Council’s Five Star health, safety and environment management audits in the period 1 August 2014 – 31 July 2015 can apply for the award. In order to win, an organisation must be able to demonstrate to an independent adjudication panel that they have a proven track record and a culture of best practice for excellence in health and safety or environmental management that runs throughout the business – from the shopfloor to the boardroom.

“The British Safety Council’s vision is that no one should be injured or made ill at work,” said Neal Stone, acting Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, “but with over 2.3 million people still being senselessly killed globally every year due to work-related injury and ill health, it is clear there is still a huge task ahead to convince all business leaders everywhere that investing in good health, safety and environmental management is of great social and economic value.  

“The Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour awards shine a light on businesses who are at the forefront of achieving safe, healthy and sustainable workplaces and business practices, celebrating their efforts and encouraging other organisations everywhere to follow their lead. The more we can do to promote these awards and the winners and learn from them, the more we can protect both workers and the environment.”

The closing date for applications is 4 September 2015 and the results will be announced on 12 October 2014. Interested parties can discuss and follow the Sword and Globe of Honour awards online using #awards and #GOHSOH2015.

Details of the British Safety Council’s Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour awards for 2015 can be found at and

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