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Next year, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) plans to expand its internationally recognised Occupational Health and Safety Award to an additional three locations across the UK.

In 2014, more than 1,500 awards are expected to be presented, with winners and guests at the event attending the RoSPA’s various ceremonies and banquets at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, the ExCel London and the Hilton Glasgow Hotel.

The new London spot sees the award taking place alongside the Safety and Health Expo.

As it dates back more than 50 years, the RoSPA award scheme is the longest running of its kind in the UK. Open to organisations and businesses of all sizes across the UK, as well as overseas, the awards recognise entrants’ commitment to the prevention of accidents and ill health among employees.

As it examines the overall systems entrants have in place, businesses in the running must be able to demonstrate that workers have access to the necessary person protective equipment (PPE) and workwear, among other aspects of health and safety.

RoSPA’s chief executive, Tom Mullarkey, explained that the awards encourage firms to raise the standards of preventing accidents and ill health across the board. He added that those gaining recognition for their standards help inspire others in their field to follow suit.

Many of the scheme’s awards are non-competitive, which means they mark achievements across several levels.

For the ninth year running, the event’s leading sponsor is the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health.

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