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The Port of Tyne is celebrating after receiving a Gold Award in the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2014.

The prestigious RoSPA annual awards scheme has recognised the Port's commitment to Health and Safety. Last year the Port was awarded silver in the same awards, and in 2012 the Port achieved the internationally recognised Health and Safety standard OHSAS:18001.

Health and Safety is a priority for the Port of Tyne and it is constantly working to improve its performance using detailed health and safety system management, raising awareness, encouraging reporting, incident investigations and providing training to minimise the number of incidents to a target level of zero.

Andrew Moffat, Port of Tyne, chief executive officer said: "We are delighted to have achieved the gold award in just two years. It's testament to the huge efforts that have been made by everyone across the entire Port.

"We've been doing very well through safety training, awareness, monitoring processes and being vigilant - looking out for our colleagues and our visitors, and have encouraged staff to participate by making many excellent suggestions.

"As a result year to date injuries are down by 25% and our near miss reporting rate is up by 21% - all of which is a sign of great progress and we look forward to continuing and improving even more."

RoSPA's mission is to save lives and reduce injuries, in support of this mission, the RoSPA Awards, which date back 58 years, recognise commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health prevention at work.

Through the scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants' health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

David Rawlins, RoSPA's awards manager, said: "The RoSPA Awards encourage the raising of occupational health and safety standards across the board. Organisations that gain recognition for their health and safety management systems, such as the Port of Tyne, contribute to a collective raising of the bar for other organisations to aspire to, and we offer them our congratulations."

See for more information about the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards.

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