Sandwell Leisure Trust (SLT) has once more been awarded the highest possible accolade in the internationally-renowned Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) 2022 Health and Safety Awards.

The Black Country-based charity – which still runs nine leisure facilities for Sandwell Council across the borough – has landed the coveted Order of Distinction (for 16 consecutive annual Gold Awards) and is the only Leisure Trust nationwide to ever achieve this distinction.

Gold Awards are awarded for superior health and safety performance and excellence among companies that primarily offer services direct to guests and visitors – and this latest and 16th continuous accolade is for the period of January 01, 2021, to December 31, 2021.

Lynda Bateman, Chair of The Trust’s Board, says: “The RoSPA Award is the most highly-respected health and safety accolade globally, so we’re extremely honoured again to be recognised as a world-leader in health and safety practice.

“SLT was initially the first Leisure Trust to achieve the RoSPA Gold Award – and also the President’s Award for 12 successive Golds – but to retain the award over 16 consecutive years and be the first Leisure Trust awarded the Order of Distinction, really does demonstrate the consistent high standards achieved by all staff at all the Trust’s facilities.

“Once again we thank and congratulate our teams that continue to work extra hard to monitor and maintain such a safe standard of services for all in Sandwell – especially in these most challenging of circumstances – to have safe and proper practices in place and also provide a COVID-secure environment for staff, customers and visitors across all our sites.”

The RoSPA Awards not only focus on commitment to accident and ill-health prevention, but occupational health and safety management systems, including practices like leadership and workforce involvement. It received over 2,000 entries from organisations around the world this year, reaching 7million+ employees, and is also the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK – recognising the best of the best and organisations that have gone the extra mile, raising the bar for the delivery of safety in the workplace.