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A council in Derbyshire has been lauded for its health and safety processes within the workplace, in the form of a prestigious award.

For a seventh consecutive year, the South Derbyshire District Council achieved first place at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Health and Safety Awards.

The council won the award in a year that is a special one for charity RoSPA, celebrating a century of work.

The scheme is available to organisations and firms of any size, operating in either the UK or abroad. Judges are looking at such practices as workforce involvement, including workwear and PPE (personal protective equipment), and leadership.

Council deputy leader, Cllr Marty Ford, stated:

"Delivering high levels of health and safety in everything we do, for residents and our workforce, is extremely important.

"Achieving the top level again demonstrates our on-going commitment to making South Derbyshire a cleaner, greener and safer place to be. It reflects the hard work done by our staff to maintain high quality services."

The charity's Head of Awards & Events, Julia Small, said that the ceremony is one of the most highly regarded worldwide when it comes to health and safety in the workplace, with the winners having proven to be committed to achieving a first-rate reputation in health and safety.

Most of the awards presented on the night are not competitive, presenting gold silver, bronze, and merit trophies to those having achieved the highest standards of health and safety procedures.

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