CLEAN wins RoSPA Presidents Award

Posted on 16 August, 2023 by Advance 

Camberley headquartered CLEAN has been awarded the prestigious Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Presidents Award for maintaining high standards in all aspects of health and safety for a second time.

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The President's Award is given only to a select few organisations that have achieved 10 or more consecutive RoSPA Gold Medal Awards.

CLEAN scooped the prestigious RoSPA Award, demonstrating its dedication to ensuring its colleagues, customers and contractors get home safely at the end of every working day.

Organisations receiving a RoSPA Award are recognised as world health and safety practice leaders. They can demonstrate well-developed occupational health and safety management systems. This culture is aware of and able to identify potential hazards, provide outstanding control of risk and very low levels of error, harm and loss. Now into its 67th year, the Awards have almost 2,000 entries every year, covering nearly 50 countries and a reach of over seven million employees.

Matt De La Bertauche, Head of Health, Safety and Environment at CLEAN, said: "At CLEAN, we believe that Workplace Safety is the fundamental right of our employees and others who work on our premises. We have brought together a management team who share my passion for safety. CLEAN's Senior Leadership Team and Senior Managers fully accept their commitment to their moral and legal Health & Safety responsibilities, providing and maintaining the highest levels of safety to our workforce. Active commitment is promoted throughout the organisation, at all levels, through adherence to our H&S standards. Minimising the risk of injuries and ill-health to our employees and those in our control is at the heart of CLEAN's philosophy of achieving "Everyday Excellence - Everyday Safety".

CLEAN has received its RoSPA Presidents Award as a result of its tireless work promoting sensible and proportionate controls to manage all work-related Health and Safety risks.

Active engagement and collaboration with its colleagues help the organisation to return every employee home safely to their friends and family at the end of their working day. The Health and Safety team at CLEAN have built further confidence through the standardisation of policies and processes, other improvements to their health and safety management system and by developing even more visually led educational and training materials that a diverse workforce can easily interpret.

Near miss and safety observation reporting has been critical to its ongoing health and safety success. By recording data, trends and patterns can be analysed using the company's Measuring and Monitoring Safety Performance system. It is an adage that you cannot manage what you cannot see. Improving health and safety within the workplace requires Visible, Active Leadership and Engagement. The active identification of hazards makes it possible to redesign CLEAN's work environments to drive the right safety behaviours.

Julia Small, RoSPA's Achievements Director, said: "Accidents at work and work-related ill health don't just have huge financial implications or cause significant disruption – they significantly impact an individual's quality of life. That's why good safety performance deserves to be recognised and rewarded.

"We are thrilled that CLEAN has won the RoSPA Presidents Award and would like to congratulate them on showing an unwavering commitment to keeping their employees, clients and customers safe from accidental harm and injury."

The focus of CLEAN's health and safety strategy is prevention. To drive the residual risk as low as is reasonably practicable, CLEAN encourage every colleague in the company to recognise the real dangers in their workplace and to work collaboratively with their site Duty Holder, Line Management and co-workers to eliminate hazards or to control them.

CLEAN is one of the UK's principal operators in the commercial B2B laundry sector with seven laundry production facilities, to deliver continuity of service and minimise risk in supply management processes. It operates in both the linen and workwear uniform rental markets, working with a wide range of businesses across the UK, including production, manufacturing and engineering.