Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Councils work in the field of health and
safety has been recognised by a prestigious award from the Health and Safety Executive.
For its contribution to the European Week for Safety and Health at Work in October last
year the Council undertook a wide range of activities to promote improvements in health
and safety, both for its own workforce and for businesses in the area. The Health and
Safety Executive were impressed by the innovative and comprehensive way this important
issue was approached and selected the Council, from more than 1,500 entries across the
country, to receive one of 32 awards for work in support of the European Week.
During the Week itself the Council ran group seminars, relaunched its health and safety
policy and safety manual, issued booklets and safety folders to all staff, issued daily
health and safety newsletters, held team meetings across all departments and even held a
realistic fire drill (with smoke effects and a rooftop rescue carried out by the
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service!). As part of a "Good Neighbour" initiative
the Council invited delegates from local businesses to its seminars and actively promoted
the Week through street banners, car park ticket advertisements and by franking its
outgoing mail with a special Euro Safety Week message.
Councillor Bob Hicks, Chair of the Councils Human resources Committee responsible
for overseeing the activities, was delighted by the award.
"The award demonstrates what can be achieved when the Council and local businesses
co-operate in such initiatives.
"For our own workforce we took every opportunity we could to get the safety
message across. Every employee took part in team meetings which included viewing a safety
video, hazard spotting and participating in a health and safety training needs survey. The
Council, however, also recognised the need to provide support on health and safety matters
to the business community and the seminars won widespread approval from delegates from
local businesses. The Council continues to offer training courses on risk assessment for
The Council has assembled a useful pack, full of ideas on how to plan and deliver a
promotional health and safety campaign. It is anticipated that, following the Health and
Safety Executive award, many organisations will now be approaching the Council to find out
How to do it.