Royal Armouries Secures Five-Star Health and Safety Rating - Tuesday, 15 November 2011
The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds has won a top, five-star rating for its health and safety performance from the British Safety Council.
Directors, managers and staff were praised for their enthusiasm and motivation in striving to improve and maintain health and safety standards at all times – without compromising the impact of the museum’s exciting shows and events programme.
The Royal Armouries’ Operations Director Steve Burt said, “It’s a major achievement to secure five stars, and is great reflection on everybody’s hard work. We could not have secured this without commitment and dedication from staff at all levels within the organisation.”
Health and Safety Manager Helen White added, “By continually improving our health and safety systems we can make sure that visitors continue to enjoy their visits while safeguarding their health and safety. This allows the museum to provide high quality education and entertainment while maintaining our obligations under current legislation.”
The audit highlighted particular strengths, including:
- Trustees, Directors, Managers and Employees are enthusiastic and motivated to improve health and safety management and standards.
- Health and Safety staff are dedicated, caring and professional – monitoring and continuously striving to improve safety performance.
- The computerised safety-management system is structured and comprehensive – allowing easy access to all employees.
- Excellent management control systems for Fire, Security and identified radiation areas.
- Excellent contingency plans to identify business, health, safety and security issues.
- A good computerised and documented risk assessment process.
- Excellent procedures to report incidents, near misses and potential areas of concern – with a proactive approach encouraged by managers.
Helen added, “Looking ahead, we now plan to apply for the British Safety Council Sword of Honour in 2012. As only 40 are awarded, worldwide, each year, it would be a major achievement to secure this and would identify the museum as a world leader in its provision of health and safety standards.”
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Notes to editors
- Royal Armouries is the national museum of arms and armour and has sites in Leeds, HM Tower of London, Fort Nelson and Louisville, Kentucky. It is the first British national museum to open a permanent presence in another country
- Admission to the museum is free. However, there may be a small charge for some special events.
- Open all year daily, 10am-5pm. Closed 24-25 December
- Information Line: 0113 220 1999
- Website: www.royalarmouries.org
- The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business.