The staff of Longford County Council had plenty of reason to celebrate recently as they scooped the Best Local Authority Award at the 25th annual National Irish Safety Organisation/Northern Ireland Safety Group (NISO/NISG) Safety awards in Killarney.
The awards are highly regarded and valued among organisations throughout Ireland and demonstrate a positive and proactive culture of safety management within the country.
The award is presented to the Local Authority that has shown consistently good and continuously improving Health and Safety performance and contribution to Occupational Health and Safety.
Thrilled to have won an award for the second year in a row, Mary Gouldsbury, Health and Safety Officer at Longford County Council stated that “health and safety is an integral part of business”.
The award is recognition for the strong personal commitment of employees to continually improving and achieving the highest standards in Occupational Health, Safety & Welfare within a diverse range of services across the organisation.
Delighted with the success, Chief Executive, Paddy Mahon said Longford County Council takes the Health and Safety of its employees very seriously.
“We work in a high risk environment and having a safety management system that helps employees, contractors and members of the public return to their families safely each day is a top priority.”
Mr Mahon added, “Participation in the NISO / NISG Safety Awards demonstrates a positive corporate governance attitude within our organisation and a dedication to the achievement of health and safety excellence.”
Longford County Council’s Safety Management System received registration to the international standard OSHAS 18001:2007 in 2014, making the Council the first Local Authority in the country to have registration across sections in all directorates.
OHSAS 18001:2007 is an international standard which helps to maintain and continually improve health and safety by using the four step management method - Plan, Do, Check, Act.
The National Standards Authority of Ireland carries out an independent audit to externally validate the safety management system every year.
This process helps with providing a safer workplace for employees, contractors and the public.