Microsoft and EDP Receive International Recognition for Health and Safety

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Health and Safety Awards Just Keep on Coming.

For the past few years we have been thrilled to feature EDP's clients who have received prestigious awards and international recognition for excellence in the way they manage their Occupational Health and Safety.

Four years ago Microsoft Ltd (UK) were first awarded a 5-star grading by the British Safety Council. This made them eligible to compete for the coveted Health and Safety Sword of Honour, which they were awarded on their first attempt.

Microsoft have maintained this record of achievement for each successive year, but this has not led to any sense of complacency. When it comes to the safety and welfare of their staff, Microsoft pursues a policy of continuous improvement, in the knowledge that there are always opportunities to make things better. For Microsoft, legal compliance is just the starting point. Their aim is to ensure that their people are always protected in accordance with latest industry best practice.

Last year, they sought and achieved accreditation against the requirements of OHSAS18001:2007. This is an internationally recognized standard for Occupational Health and Safety management systems.

Towards the end of April 2010, Microsoft once again submitted their Health and Safety Management System to a 5-day, independent evaluation by the British Safety Council. Yet again we are proud and pleased to report that Microsoft Ltd (UK) have retained their 5-star grading and their accreditation against OHSAS18001.

This achievement is the result of much hard work on the part of Microsoft's core health and safety team comprising EDP Consultants Ria Creswell, Matt Phillpotts and John Bradford and headed up by Microsoft UK's Facilities Manager Simon Fry.

This is an enviable record for any company and the team of EDP consultants is justly proud to be a vital part of this impressive achievement.

About the British Safety Council

The British Safety Council is one of the world's leading occupational health, safety and environmental organisations. Founded in 1957, its mission is to support a healthier, safer and more sustainable society.

The Five Star audit is a unique service provided by the British Safety Council, which involves a full review of the health and safety performance of the business, from the management of H&S through to the implementation of associated systems in the workplace. The result is an overall numerical score of the performance, which is then used to determine how many stars the organisation is awarded.

OHSAS 18001 is the internationally recognized assessment specification for occupational health and safety management systems. It was developed by a selection of leading trade bodies, international standards and certification bodies to address a gap where no third-party certifiable international standard exists.

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