Prestigious Safety Award for Red Funnel Group

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Red Funnel awarded the RoSPA President’s Award after receiving 10 consecutive RoSPA Gold Awards

Red Funnel, the Isle of Wight ferry and holiday specialist has been awarded the RoSPA President's Gold award in the prestigious RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2011. The President's Award, for achieving 10 consecutive Gold Awards, will be presented at a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, at the National Exhibition Centre, on Thursday May 19, 2011.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), a safety charity, launched its awards programme 55 years ago. The scheme looks not only at accident records, but also entrants’ overarching health and safety management systems, including important practices such as strong leadership and workforce involvement.

David Rawlins, RoSPA’s awards manager, said: “RoSPA firmly believes that organisations that have demonstrated their commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health prevention deserve recognition. Red Funnel Group has shown that it is committed to striving for such continuous improvement and we are delighted to honour it through the presentation of the award.”

James Fulford, CEO at Red Funnel commented "We are delighted in our 150th year to have received the Presidents Award in recognition of our proactive approach to safety management. We are committed to raise the bar continually in both in our safety culture and systems towards best in the industry to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for our customers and staff."

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About Red Funnel
Red Funnel is an integrated transport, travel and leisure company employing some 400 people in Southampton and on the Isle of Wight. Operating the largest ro-ro ferries serving the Island, Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries carry over 3 million passengers per annum on its routes between Southampton and East and West Cowes, Isle of Wight. Red Funnel offer the widest choice of ferry inclusive Isle of Wight holiday accommodation which can be packaged with activities, attractions and event admission. Red Funnel Distribution based at Newport, Isle of Wight, specialise in UK haulage services, contract distribution, palletised systems and drop trailer services for major retail brands.

About RoSPA
The majority of RoSPA’s awards are non-competitive, marking achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Organisations maintaining high standards can win gold medals, president’s awards and orders of distinction.

Competitive awards are presented in more than 20 sectors, and specialist awards recognise excellence in specific areas, such as the management of occupational road risk.

The RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2011 are sponsored by NEBOSH (The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health), the leading health and safety professional examining body.

Three days of award ceremonies and three gala evening dinners will held in Birmingham from May 17-19, alongside Safety & Health Expo 2011, Europe’s leading annual health and safety exhibition. An award ceremony and gala dinner will also take place in Glasgow in September.

See http://www.rospa.com/awards/ for more information about the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards.

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