UPP gets RoSPA Gold for H&S

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has awarded the prestigious Gold RoSPA Award to University Partnerships Programme (UPP), the UK’s leading provider of on-campus residential and academic accommodation infrastructure, in recognition of its excellent health and safety standards – for a second year.

The RoSPA Awards scheme is the longest-running industry programme in the UK and receives entries from organisations around the world. It recognises organisations with an ongoing commitment to health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

UPP’s team will be presented with the Award during a ceremony at ExCeL, London on Tuesday 18 June 2019.

Group Health, Safety and Environment Director Mike Eady said: “This Award is recognition for our five-point plan which is now delivering exceptional health and safety practices for a third year and has achieved a 20% reduction in injuries each year. The Award is also testament to the hard work and dedication of our people in upholding outstanding health and safety standards.”

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of qualifications, awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards have become the key fixture in the health and safety calendar with new sponsors and new awards this year including the Leisure Safety Awards, the Safe@Work Safe@Home Award and the Inspiration Awards. Highly-respected, with almost 2,000 entrants every year, RoSPA award winners benefit from the wide-ranging rewards of improved sector reputation.”

Other key health and safety initiatives at UPP include providing health screening for all employees, free one-to-one appointments with a nurse and – for employees in high-risk categories – an A1C diabetes prediction test.

UPP is also helping to raise awareness of the importance of treating mental health in a similar way to physical health and is offering 80 Mental Health First Aid training places to its team members.