Longford County Council scoops Silver Award
Longford County Council recently scooped the Silver Award at the 26th Annual Occupational Safety Awards and in doing so, became the first public sector body to win this award.
“Standing with the last three organisations in the country both private and public sector, north and south of the border was a very proud night for Longford County Council”, said Mary Gouldsbury, Health and Safety Officer.
The application for the NISO/NISG awards requires a detailed, comprehensive and evidence based application taking account of all elements of an effective Safety Management System. As the first public sector organisation to feature amongst the country’s top three, the award win for Longford Council is a major breakthrough for local government.
Being the first Public Service Authority to win Silver at these prestigious awards is an enormous accolade for Longford County Council and reflects a quality approach to the management of health and safety for both employees and members of the public.
The Longford County Council safety management system is registered to the international standard OSHAS 18001:2007. The Council received registration to OHSAS 18001:2007 in 2014 making it the first Council 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. This process helps to provide a safer workplace for employees, contractors and the public”.
Thrilled with the win, Chief Executive, Paddy Mahon said “Longford County Council takes the health and safety of employees very seriously. We work in a high risk environment and having a safety management system that assists employees, contractors and members of the public return to their families safely each day is a top priority.
Health and Safety is an integral part of public service business and is a vital component of the County Council function”.
Commenting on the success, Health and Safety Officer, Gouldsbury, said: “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. Winning the silver award recognises our commitment and the positive engagement with our employees and the wider community.”
NOTE: Longford County Council is responsible for the provision of an extensive range of public services within the county. The services broadly include, housing, planning, roads, water services, environmental and veterinary services, economic and community development, library and arts services.