Health and safety achievements saluted at Babcock Rosyth

Alex Botha, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, paid tribute to the health and safety achievements of Babock International’s Rosyth dockyard during a recent site visit.

The dockyard, which maintains the Royal Navy’s major surface warships and is part of the engineering alliance constructing the UK’s two new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers, has achieved numerous British Safety Council awards in recognition of its efforts to protect the health and safety of its staff and contractors during highly complex marine engineering projects. These include the prestigious Sword of Honour on seven occasions, an award that is only open to those organisations that have achieved the maximum five stars in the British Safety Council’s Five Star Health & Safety Audit, a detailed and independent evaluation of a site’s health and safety management system.     

Commenting on Babcock’s Rosyth’s successful approach to health and safety, Mr Botha said: “The scale of Babcock’s Rosyth site and the fact that activities such as working on nuclear submarines and our new aircraft carriers are of national importance, means that safety is critical.

“It’s clear, from walking around the huge site that safety is top of everyone’s agenda and it’s very impressive to see how very high standards are maintained in a dynamic and hugely complex environment.

“What’s great is that Babcock are continuously trying to improve their health and safety performance and they’re looking at applying their capability to other areas such as offshore wind farms and oil and gas.”

Andy Forbes, Head of Health, Safety and Security at Babcock International Group’s Marine and Technology Division, added: “Health and safety is an integral part of our workplace culture supported by everyone, every day. Babcock is committed to a common sense, practical approach to health and safety throughout our organisation, supply chain and alliance partners.
“The visit from Alex Botha to view the site, look at our safety management arrangements and take time out to engage with members of the workforce reinforces our commitment and underpins our drive for continual improvement, and our aim to send everyone ‘Home Safe Every Day’.” 

NOTES TO EDITORS  
A photograph of Alex Botha visiting the construction of the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers at Babcock Rosyth is available – please see media contact below.

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