College team wins sword of honour for work in health and safety

Bedford College Sword of Honour - Barrie Baldwin is 4th from right.
Bedford College Sword of Honour - Barrie Baldwin is 4th from right.

Bedford College has won a prestigious Sword of Honour from the British Safety Council.

It was one of 50 organisations worldwide that achieved a Sword of Honour, which is awarded to those who have demonstrated excellence in the management of health and safety.

Barrie Baldwin, health and safety manager, collected the prize at a presentation at the Drapers’ Hall in London, and the sword now hangs in the office of Bedford College principal and CEO Ian Pryce.

To compete for the Sword of Honour the organisation first had to achieve the maximum Five Stars in the British Safety Council’s health and safety standards in the period August 2013 – July 2014. It also demonstrated to an independent panel of experts that it was excellent in its health and safety management throughout the business – from the classroom to the boardroom.

Alex Botha, chief executive of the British Safety Council said: “Our warmest congratulations to 50 of our member organisations who have won the Sword of Honour. These awards recognise and celebrate the excellence of the winning organisations and their employees in managing health, safety and environmental risks.

“What all of the Sword winning organisations share is a commitment and resolve to achieve the highest standards of health and safety environmental management and to keep their employees and those affected by their work activities healthy and safe. We are delighted that they are partners in helping achieve our vision that no one should be injured or made ill at work.”