Aramark's offshore team has once again received the British Safety Council's 'Sword of Honour' - an award the council gives to recognise the 'best of the best' in health and safety management.
The news marks the third year in a row, and fourth time in total, that Aramark - whose offshore business is headquartered in Dyce, Aberdeen - has been given the award.
Aramark's offshore division looks after thousands of employees who work on offshore gas and oil installations and in the marine industry. Hotel and catering services and facilities management are its key activities but it also provides anything from heli-deck management and equipment provision to gym equipment maintenance and architectural accommodation refurbishment.
Only companies which achieve at least 95% from the British Safety Council's five-star health and safety audit scheme can apply to be considered for the Sword of Honour, after which further assessment is undertaken. Companies that receive the accolade therefore have to pass not just one but two stringent tests to demonstrate their excellence in health and safety.
Mike Ball, managing director, Scotland and offshore for Aramark, said: “The unique conditions on oil rigs or drilling platforms mean that no-nonsense, no-compromise approach to health and safety must be taken. This absolutely sums up our approach to providing catering, facilities management and hotel services on board our clients' offshore sites. We are the only company in our sector to have been awarded the Sword of Honour and hold occupational health and safety standard BS OHSAS 18001. This latest accolade also comes after we received the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Presidents' Award a few months ago which marked our attainment of 'Gold' standard in health and safety from RoSPA for 14 years in a row. While we remain restless in this space we are naturally proud of this award which reflects our workforce safety culture. We will continue to enforce the highest of standards in health and safety as we aim to retain these awards in 2014 and beyond.”