Sword of safety for Oldbury

Gazette Series: Lynda Armstrong, right, presents Oldbury’s safety engineer Emily Ciezarek with the Sword of Honour AppleMark (2990660) Lynda Armstrong, right, presents Oldbury’s safety engineer Emily Ciezarek with the Sword of Honour AppleMark (2990660)

HIGH standards of health and safety have secured a third top award for the Oldbury nuclear site.

The power station, now being decommissioned, received a British Safety Council sword of honour during an awards ceremony held at Goldsmith Hall in the City of London.

Oldbury, operated by Magnox, was one of only 68 organisations worldwide to achieve five stars in the council's health and safety management audit scheme.

It also had to demonstrate a culture of best practice throughout the business, from the shop floor to the boardroom, to a panel of health, safety and environment experts.

Lynda Armstrong, chairwoman of the trustees of the British Safety Council, said: “These awards recognise and celebrate the excellence of the winning organisations and their employees in managing health, safety and environmental risks.”

Chris Fayers, Oldbury's environment, health, safety, security and quality manager, said: “Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our workforce, the security of our site and the protection of the environment.

"Our mission is to build on the highest safety and environmental standards that have become synonymous with Magnox over the years.

"During this year Oldbury has also been awarded a RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Presidents Award, also recognising excellence in health and safety performance.”

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