PD Ports, one of the UK’s major port groups, has achieved Gold status in the internationally-renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards, the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK. Awarded Silver at last year’s awards, led by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), PD Ports has been recognised with Gold this year for its continued commitment to improving health and safety standards across all of the Company’s sites. Through the introduction of behavioural safety training, over the last five years safety ‘champions’ and site behavioural improvement plans have been implemented across the business to not only improve the standard of health and safety, but to help grow and evolve the culture of the business. As a direct result of the success of these initiatives, the safety champions have begun to widen their scope of activity to include process and productivity improvements, bringing further added value to the Company and its employees. Russell McCallion, PD Ports’ HR Director, commented: “Health and safety is our number one core value at PD Ports. It informs every decision we make and every action we take. It’s vital to us that everyone who comes in contact with our business walks away in the same state of health in which they arrived. “We’re extremely proud that our commitment to ensuring a safe work environment has been awarded with Gold status. Our employees work tirelessly to correct issues, identify new processes and innovate our current practices to improve health and safety.” Julia Small, RoSPA’s Head of Qualifications, Awards and Events, said: “The RoSPA Awards are the most highly-respected in the health and safety arena, with almost 2,000 entrants every year, and allow organisations to prove excellence in the workplace, demonstrating a commitment to the wellbeing of not only employees but all those who interact with it.” The RoSPA Awards, which receives entries from organisations around the world, recognises achievement in health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement. The awards ceremony which is now in its 62nd year, took place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel on Thursday, July 5, 2017.