HFRS EPUStaff at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) are celebrating after picking up an award for their health and safety practices.

Representatives from HFRS attended the Occupational Health and Safety Group Awards on Friday May 9, where they were awarded the title for ‘Best Internal Occupational Health and Safety For Organisations Of More Than 250 Staff’ and presented with the William Jackson Trophy.

The award followed a concerted effort by HFRS to improve their health and safety record, which included implementing a new database which allows staff to identify themes and trends of reported illness or injury. Such a move was commended by the judging panel.

The data collected by the new database has also been put to good use. For example, it allowed staff to understand that there was a clear need for training to be given to all employees relating to handling and due to the number of reported back injuries. The training was delivered as an e-learning package to all HFRS employees and also improvements were made to the Health and Safety information communicated to visitors.

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Steve Fuller, Health and Safety Manager at Humberside Fire and Rescue, said: “We have introduced health and safety as a standing agenda item at all Management meetings and any issues raised are fed directly back to the Health and Safety team. Also, there has been a push to ensure that all near misses and incidents are recorded on a central database.”

HFRS Health and Safety team found themselves in a strong category, competing with reputable businesses and previous winners, such as BAE Systems, Associated British Ports (ABP), Kingston Communications (KC) and Hull University.

Speaking at the event, Steve said “I am extremely proud that the Service has received this award as the Health and Safety team has worked hard to promote a positive attitude and culture towards health and safety across the Service using a number of different communication methods and providing a greater presence outside of the office.

“I believe that every employee has contributed toward this award by their actions and as such they should be proud to work for the Service.”