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RoSPA Awards 2021 – We Achieved GOLD!

RoSPA Awards 2021 – We Achieved GOLD! 150 150 Jan O'Mahoney​

WOW!! We’ve only gone & achieved GOLD!!

The award reaffirms Quadratek’s position as a global leader in health and safety practice. Launched in 1956, the RoSPA Health and Safety Awards is the world’s longest running scheme of its type, directly affecting the lives of around seven million people. This year, some 2,000 organisations from 46 countries entered. In so doing, they were part of a vibrant community that raises standards and awareness in health and safety across the world.

Celebrating the win, Jan O’Mahoney, compliance co-ordinator at Quadratek, said: “We’re delighted to have achieved Gold in the 2021 RoSPA Health and Safety Awards. With one Bronze and four Silver Awards to our name from previous years, we feel a great affinity to these awards. So it was amazing to go that one step further and win the highest accolade this time round. It’s great news for all of us here at Quadratek. My colleagues work tirelessly to keep our staff, contractors, subcontractors and clients safe, and I’m so pleased to see their word rewarded.”

Julia Small, RoSPA’s achievements director, said: “The RoSPA Awards is one of the most sought-after awards schemes for health and safety achievements worldwide. It recognises organisations that are raising the bar for the delivery of safety in the workplace. Employees should be able to go to work safe in the knowledge that they will return home unharmed and healthy at the end of every day. RoSPA Award winners are central to achieving this goal. By entering they are driving up standards and setting new safety benchmarks for organisations across the world.”

Armed Forces Day 2021

Armed Forces Day 2021 150 150 Jan O'Mahoney​

As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting the Armed Forces, we are proud to celebrate Armed Forces Day (formerly Veteran’s Day) today, 26th June 2021.

Today we celebrate our Armed Forces and say ‘Thank You’ to our 135,000+ serving personnel, their families, reservists, veterans, and cadets for their commitment in defending the United Kingdom, our overseas territories and Crown dependencies, and for supporting international peacekeeping efforts and providing humanitarian aid for those most in need.

Currently serving in 80 countries around the world, in environments they are trained for, our Armed Forces have faced a new frontline battle in the past 15 months in the form of COVID-19! Personnel from all three services have paid a pivotal role in; logistics, community testing, setting-up test and vaccination centres, forming Vaccination Quick Reaction Force healthcare teams, and delivering thousands of vaccinations to remote islands.

Whilst national events have been cancelled due to the pandemic, Armed Forces communities will be holding local, COVID safe, events. Please follow this link for more information https://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/find-events/

Reserves Day 2021

Reserves Day 2021 150 150 Jan O'Mahoney​

As part of our commitment to supporting the Armed Forces, we are proud to celebrate Reserves Day today, 23rd June 2021.

Making up approximately one sixth of our Armed Forces personnel, our reservist are integral to protecting the nation’s security not only here at home but also supporting operations worldwide, giving up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces balancing the demands of a military career with civilian life. Not only do they provide boots-on-the-ground, but they also provide vital capabilities in specialist areas such as medical and cyber security.
Reservists are from all walks of life and work in all sectors; you may be sitting next to a reservist at work but not know it! So on Reserves Day, Reservists wear their uniform in their civilian life – if you see a colleague in uniform go over and have a chat and ask how you can get involved.

RoSPA Awards 2021 – Submission is IN!!

RoSPA Awards 2021 – Submission is IN!! 150 150 Jan O'Mahoney​

As mid-June arrives it can only mean one thing: RoSPA Award submission time!

With 5 awards under our belt; 1 bronze and 4 silver, and the aim to achieve Gold, our Compliance Co-Ordinator, Jan O’Mahoney, has been building our submission based on her wealth of knowledge, tips gained from attending the online RoSPA Awards Excellence forum in February & being mentored in our submission content.

Why should you join the RoSPA team??

Well, in the words of RoSPA:

“Accidents at work and work related ill health not only cause major disruptions to business processes but the effect on quality of life to the individual cannot be understated. That’s why good safety performance deserves to be recognised and rewarded.

Established in 1956, The RoSPA Health and Safety Awards offer organisations a prime opportunity to benchmark safety performance year on year and ensure consistent performance between sites. They also provide an effective route to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to raising health and safety standards.

It is one of the most prestigious and recognised schemes in the world, with almost 2000 entries every year and a reach of over 7 million employees.

When organisations enter our awards scheme, they access a valuable and influential network by becoming part of our vibrant awards community.

The RoSPA Health and Safety Awards:

  • Benchmark performance
  • Enhance team morale
  • Access to Mentoring Scheme
  • Access to Awards Excellence Forum
  • Win tenders and new clients
  • Contribute to CPD
  • Get inspired to drive change”

 

If you would like to submit an entry to next year’s RoSPA awards to show your company’s commitment towards excellent standards in Health and Safety, take a look here https://www.rospa.com/Awards, drop them an email at enquiries@rospa.com or give them a call on +44 (0)1212 482 040.  But, be quick; the submission deadline is 26th June!

Good luck

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 150 150 Jan O'Mahoney​

This week is Mental Health Awareness week, a campaign recognised by a number of leading mental health charities.

 

The campaign aims to promote positive wellbeing, teach people how to recognise signs of mental ill-health, & break the negative stigma surrounding mental health – you can learn more about the awareness campaign on the Mental Health Foundation website https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week

 

CIRAS Commitment 2021

CIRAS Commitment 2021 150 150 Jan O'Mahoney​

Quadratek strongly believes in the ability for our employees to be able to share their concerns over health, safety & wellbeing in a confidential manner; we have therefore, for a 4th year, continued to provide confidential reporting channels by signing-up to CIRAS (Confidential Incident Reporting & Analysis Service).

 

For more information about what CIRAS can offer you & your employees follow this link https://www.ciras.org.uk/

 

Spreading the ‘accreditation’ word

Spreading the ‘accreditation’ word 150 150 Jan O'Mahoney​

As a member of the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, their ‘Business News’ is the perfect place to let other businesses, partners and customers in Hampshire know we’re in business. With a readership of 13,000 and distribution to all members, local business centres and Train Stations, the ‘Business News’ is available across Hampshire.

 

Take a look at our latest article on page 21 https://issuu.com/hcoc/docs/j005141_chamber_business_news_april_may_2021_v10_m

 

GOLD SafeContractor PQQ Verification

GOLD SafeContractor PQQ Verification 150 150 Jan O'Mahoney​

Quadratek is delighted to SHOUT that we have been awarded GOLD SafePQQ verification from Alcumus SafeContractor for achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace and demonstrating our continuing corporate social responsibility, and our commitment to being an ethical and sustainable company and minimising our environmental impact; extending our SafeContractor certification aligning with the requirements of PAS91.

Alcumus SafeContractor is a leading third-party accreditation scheme which recognises extremely rigorous standards in health and safety management amongst contractors. It is used by thousands of organisations in the UK including SMEs like Quadratek as well as larger companies.

Our application for the SafeContractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across our company backing-up our ISO 45001:2018 accreditation, CHAS accreditation, RoSPA membership and RoSPA Silver award. The SafeContractor accreditation continues to enhance our ability to tender for new contracts and demonstrates our commitment to safety which is viewed positively by our customers and staff.

Gemma Archibald, Director of Alcumus SafeContractor says: “Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place”.
“More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Quadratek has achieved. The company’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector. SafeContractor plays a vital role in supporting our clients in meeting their compliance needs, whilst working with their contractors as they progress through the accreditation process.”

Thank You & Merry Christmas

Thank You & Merry Christmas 150 150 Jan O'Mahoney​

Thank you for your patience, loyalty, and custom over the past year whilst we have entered the new normal that COVID-19 has presented.
We are delighted to announce that our entire workforce is active, healthy, and fully operational. We have robust COVID-19 risk assessments and processes in place, and we have been operating incident free during this pandemic which provides strong evidence that these measures are working very well.

We have made operational changes to ensure that we continue to offer the best possible level of service and business continuity to our customers. Being ISO 23001 certified for business continuity, we have all the right systems in place, and these have worked as expected. In order to further enhance business continuity, we have put in place a system to centrally manage customer contact.

Please direct any enquiries you may have to team@quadratek.net so we can ensure your request is dealt with efficiently or call us on 08450 740 530

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year.

Christmas Shoebox Gifts 2020

Christmas Shoebox Gifts 2020 150 150 Jan O'Mahoney​

Whilst we remain in unprecedented times trying to navigate our way through living with Covid-19, now more than ever those around the world who are less fortunate than us living in poverty need our support. This is why, once again, one of our team members and her daughters have been out shopping to fill shoeboxes for this year’s Rotary Shoebox appeal.

Their Rotary Club continues to support vulnerable families in Albania, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, and The Philippines ensuring children aged 1-15, many living in orphanages, receive a gift at this time of year.

Gifts can include:

  • Entertainment – Plastic or wooden toy, jigsaw puzzle, colouring book, colouring and drawing pencils, pens, writing book, Lego, yo-yo, skipping rope, building blocks, doll, dominoes, modelling clay/plasticine, cuddly toy, stickers, playing cards, sports memorabilia, musical instrument
  • Clothing – Hat, scarf, gloves, and warm fluffy socks
  • Toiletries – Toothbrush and toothpaste, flannel, bar of soap, roll-on deodorant, comb/brush, hair bobbles/bands, mirror, costume jewellery, make-up, razors (age-appropriate), face/body cream
  • Household – T light candles, kitchen cloths/scouring pads, soap flakes, first-aid kit

Gifts NOT to include;

Food (including sweets and chocolate), conflict-related toys e.g. toy gun/knife, battery-operated toy, matches, flammable liquids/aerosols, seeds, washing powder for automatic washing machines

Whilst you can’t wrap up the gift items individually, you can line the inner of the box with tissue paper & cover the gifts as well as decorating your shoebox.

If you don’t have a shoebox to hand you could ask a local shoe shop or pay £2 for a Rotary box

If you would like to send  a gift to a vulnerable child this year please follow this link http://www.rotary-ribi.org/districts/page.php?PgID=570353&DistrictNo=1110

 

Alternatively, why not contact your local hospital & enquire if they are doing shoebox gifts for patients who will be in over the Christmas period & may not have any family or friends who can visit.






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