The Siemens division was one of 61 organisations worldwide that achieved a Sword of Honour, which is awarded to companies that have demonstrated excellence in the management of health and safety risks at work.
Siemens Building Technologies is one of nine divisions which make up Siemens plc in the UK. It specialises in the system design, installation commissioning and maintenance of life-critical fire safety, electronic security and building management solutions.
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 management audit scheme between August 2017 and July 2018. It also needed to demonstrate to an independent panel of experts, excellence in health and safety management throughout the business – from the shop floor to the boardroom.
Paul King, Head of Health, Safety, Quality and Environment, Siemens Building Technologies, said: “I am delighted our achievement has been recognised with the highest Health and Safety honour. As an organisation, our zero harm programme makes clear that health and safety is a value that must be prioritised over time and cost pressures and any other aspect which may compromise it. This, combined with a culture which supports mental health wellbeing is vital.
“We often operate in challenging environments, where specialist services are required to deliver complex projects. Our work helps our customers maintain business continuity and safeguards vital assets and infrastructure and health and safety needs to be rooted into this.”
Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, added: “I would like to congratulate Siemens for their huge commitment to keeping their workplace safe and healthy and minimising risks to the environment from their organisations’ day-to-day activities.
“All of the Sword and Globe winning organisations share a commitment and resolve to achieve the highest standards of health and safety management. We are delighted that they are partners in helping achieve our vision that no-one should be injured or made ill at work.”