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Safety Award for MEA 2 July 2004

The British Safety Council came to the Isle of Man for the first time on Friday 25 June 2004 to present Manx Electricity Authority with a major health and safety award. MEA is the first organisation on the Island to have undergone the British Safety Council’s stringent Five Star Health and Safety Management Systems Audit.

The Five Star Health and Safety Management Systems Audit is one of the most comprehensive safety evaluations in the world and indicates the effectiveness of safety programmes. Action plans are also provided which aim to help companies reduce their insurance premiums, increase repeat business from customers and improve staff morale. The British Safety Council is Britain’s largest independent organisation devoted to health and safety in the workplace and is one of the world's leading occupational health, safety and environmental organisations. Founded in 1957, the BSC works hand-in-hand with the world's leading companies, from more than 50 countries, developing safe systems of work. Its 10,000 member companies employ approximately one in six of the UK’s workforce. The BSC has an annual turnover of £10 million and employs 140 full-time and 40 part-time staff. Alex Downie, Minister of Trade and Industry, joined David Ballard, Director General of the British Safety Council, in congratulating Manx Electricity Authority. Attendees from MEA included Mike Proffitt, Chief Executive, and John McCallion, Chairman, as well as other senior board members and health and safety representatives.

David Ballard said:

“Manx Electricity Authority has shown outstanding commitment to improving Health and Safety by being the first company on the Isle of Man to undertake the Five Star Audit. This sets a standard for firms based on the Island and the British Safety Council hopes that others will follow this example by re-evaluating their own health and safety. Good safety is good business and can save firms hundreds of thousands of pounds.”

The power generation, distribution and supply organisation won the award after an intensive audit of its health and safety management systems. The internationally recognised process can help organisations reduce accidents and improve productivity by identifying their health and safety strengths and weaknesses.

Every year some 160,000 people are forced to give up work due to long term illness or disability. This amounts to a loss of around 25 million working days in the UK each year and an annual £18 billion burden to British industry – the Five Star Safety Award helps organisations combat against such implicating figures. MEA have been members of the BSC since June 1997, showing their long standing commitment to health and safety.

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