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Following the fire at AWE’s Aldermaston site in 2010 and the subsequent fine for breaches of Health and Safety legislation AWE plc has worked with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents to re-evaluate the appropriateness of the awards which AWE plc had received from RoSPA since the incident.
Both organisations recognise that it is very important for companies receiving awards to be industry leading. As such, and to ensure that the integrity of the RoSPA award scheme is maintained, we have agreed with RoSPA that it would be appropriate to return all the gold awards given since the date of the incident.
AWE plc’s Director of Environment, Health, Safety and Quality, Julie Taylor, said : “We have worked very closely with RoSPA on this issue and feel that this is the right decision. AWE plc believes that only companies with consistently exemplary performance should be recognised with the highest levels of awards. AWE plc did not meet the standard on this occasion which is why we reflected on the appropriateness of the awards and agree with RoSPA that they should be returned. AWE remains fully committed to achieving the highest standards in safety performance.”
After the fire AWE plc instigated an independently chaired investigation. Over the last three and a half years it has worked hard to implement its recommendations and those made by the Health and Safety Executive.
The Health and Safety Executive has acknowledged AWE’s commitment to addressing these issues and the improvements it has made. In respect of explosives safety, the HSE’s overall assessment now positions AWE as ‘one of the best in the UK.’
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