ARAMARK’S OFFSHORE team has received the British Safety Council’s ‘Sword of Honour’ for the fourth year running – an award given by the Council to recognise organisations which have demonstrated excellence in the management of health and safety.
Aramark, a global provider of food, facilities management and uniform services, is a specialist in the offshore oil and gas sector. Its offshore team is headquartered at Dyce, Aberdeen, and is the only company in its sector to have achieved the award.
In order to compete for the Sword of Honour, companies have to pass not one but two stringent tests. Aramark first had to achieve the maximum five stars in the British Safety Council’s health and safety management audit scheme. After doing so, the company then had to demonstrate to an independent panel of experts its excellence in health and safety throughout the business, from the rigs and platforms it serves, up to the boardroom.
Andrew Thomson, Aramark’s Managing Director, Offshore North Sea, said: “There’s no doubt that the number one priority for firms providing catering, facilities management and hotel services offshore is to ensure the health and safety of everyone on board. The approach should be nothing less than exemplary and so we’re delighted that we’ve now received the Sword of Honour for four years in a row. It provides reassurance to our clients, their employees and Aramark’s employees that excellence in health and safety is at the heart of everything we do.
“Aramark’s mission is to deliver experiences that enrich and nourish lives, and our approach to health and safety management helps us realise that mission day in, day out.”
Aramark's offshore team 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 the key activities but the company also provides anything from heli-deck management and equipment provision to gym equipment maintenance and architectural accommodation refurbishment.
Alex Botha, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, added that Sword of Honour winners “have a commitment and resolve to achieve the highest standards of health and safety management and to keep their employees and those affected by their work activities healthy and safe. We are delighted that they are partners in helping achieve our vision that no one should be injured or made ill at work.”