Leadec Spotlights

Leadec picks up two prestigious health and safety management awards at the first attempt

As a company, we have a very healthy appetite towards our obligations for the health and safety of our employees, the quality of our services and reducing our environmental impact.

Leadec picks up two prestigious health and safety management awards at the first attempt
Lee Price (Commercial Director) and Patrick Whitehead (Head of Health & Safety) receiving Leadec’s Sword of Honour awards from Mike Robinson (Chief Executive of the British Safety Council) at the awards presentation luncheon in November 2019.

Our aptly-named HSQE department undertakes a busy schedule of internal and external audits of our certified management systems; each cycle takes three-years from start to finish. Yet our Health & Safety Manager wanted to expand the list of audit dates further to include the British Safety Council 5-Star audit programme.  

As a result, we are delighted to announce that Leadec has been recognised by the British Safety Council with two Sword of Honour awards at our first attempt for two contract locations. 

We started with one customer, Jaguar Land Rover, where we undertook 5-star audits at four locations and our own head office. We chose to make no preparation before the first site audit to test our management systems against the industry benchmark. We scored 4-stars at that audit, narrowly missing out on 5-stars by a few percentage points. After making minimal changes to our management systems, we achieved 5-stars for the remaining three audits – the first audit site was awarded 5-stars shortly afterwards  

The contracts being audited were site operations at all three UK vehicle assembly plants and the Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC) in Wolverhampton. Due to the nature of the Sword of Honour application process, we made three applications, two of which resulted in a Sword of Honour being awarded, with scores of more than 93% at Castle Bromwich and 96% at Wolverhampton. 

Lee Smith, Managing Director, said: “It is our express aim that all of our employees and customers receive the benefits of a great health and safety management system, and we are all delighted to have been recognised by the British Safety Council with a Sword of Honour at the EMC and Castle Bromwich at our first attempt.  

“As an organisation whose employees are mostly based on customer premises, the emphasis on health and safety is constantly reinforced, whether that be through training, incessant auditing or continuous improvement.  

“These prestigious awards are just one, albeit very significant, step in our drive to bring the best health and safety culture to our industry and customers.” 

Our appetite for auditing verges on the obsessive, and it pays off – our recently completed three-year audit cycle of company management systems certified to ISO 45001, 9001 and 14001 produced zero non-conformities. Among others, Leadec is also certified to IATF16949 for its assembly operations. 

British Safety Council Awards are the most credible way in which a company can measure its effectiveness in reaching the highest possible standards in Health and Safety.