Safety at Sellafield is gold standard, according to the UK’s most prestigious health and safety awards.
The site recorded one of its best-ever performances in the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) awards, scooping NINE golds and one silver.
Now in their 60th year, internationally-recognised RoSPA awards are the UK’s most sought after safety awards.
Four of Sellafield Ltd’s gold medals were won in the highest hazard areas of the site – the legacy ponds and silos.
Euan Hutton, Sellafield Ltd’s Environment, Health, Safety and Quality Director, said the awards underline the company’s unwavering commitment to the safety of its workforce and the community.
“Sellafield is one of the world’s most hazardous nuclear sites, but we are also one of the safest – and that does not come about by chance,” he said.
“Winning 10 RoSPA awards is a fantastic achievement given the challenges our workforce face every day and the huge range of activities they undertake.
“Achieving such high safety standards in challenging circumstances is down to the hard work and dedication of our workforce.
“These awards are proof of how seriously we take our responsibility to manage the clean-up of the UK’s nuclear legacy safely and securely.
“However, we are never complacent – we constantly strive to improve and we always seek opportunities to push ourselves further.”
Sellafield Ltd was awarded alongside some of the highest safety performing organisations from around the world, including many of the company’s contractors.
Mr Hutton added: “Our contracting community make up a large part of the workforce at Sellafield and I’m pleased that their commitment to safe working has been recognised through the many awards they have achieved.”
The ten RoSPA awards were presented to the following areas of Sellafield Ltd:
First Generation Magnox Storage Pond
Pile Fuel Storage Pond
Magnox Swarf Storage Silo
Pile Fuel Cladding Silo
Site Remediation and Decommissioning Projects
Technical and Engineering