Hemel company receives gold award in health and safety awards

Building management controls specialist works closely with Hosking Associates to secure award win for second consecutive year -

Monday, 4th May 2020, 7:31 am

Comfort Controls, based in Hemel Hempstead, has achieved Gold for the second consecutive year in the RoSPA Health and Safety Awards.

The RoSPA Awards scheme, which receives entries from organisations around the world, recognises achievement in health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

Formed in 1984 and based in Hemel Hempstead, the building management controls specialist works on projects worldwide in a multitude of sectors.

Comfort Controls and Hosking teams together, where Comfort Controls is winning an internal Hosking Associates award

The team helps to create energy-efficient buildings that are safe, sustainable and beneficial to their occupants, working closely with its customers to carefully balance their requirements as well as their energy consumption.

Since last year’s award win, the company has restructured into four divisions – building management systems, controls installations, control panels and service and maintenance - employing a team of over 60 people. The RoSPA award reflects the work across each of the divisions.

Kris Mitchell, director at Comfort Controls, added: “We are so pleased to have won RoSPA Gold for the second year running – particularly following the company restructure. We have placed significant emphasis on wellbeing – from both a physical and mental health perspective.

“I am so proud of our staff retention levels, and we continually reflect on the wellbeing of the entire team especially at this current time. We have worked with our specialist consultancy health and safety partner, Hosking Associates, since 2011.

"They have played an integral and strategic role in our day-to-day practices, and placed real emphasis on the wellbeing of our own team.”

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of qualifications, awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards scheme is the longest-running of its kind in the UK, but it receives entries from organisations around the world, making it one of the most sought-after global accolades in health and safety.

“RoSPA wants every employee, wherever they are, to work safe in the knowledge that they will be going home unharmed and healthy at the end of every day. The RoSPA Award winners are vital to help achieve this goal, as by entering they are driving up standards and setting new benchmarks for organisations everywhere. Currently, around 7 million people are directly impacted by the RoSPA Awards, but the scheme’s influence is even wider.”

Louise Hosking, director at Hosking Associates and Chartered Health and Safety Practitioner, added: ”Comfort Controls are an essential service right now and ensure public buildings including hospitals operate efficiently.

"The work we have undertaken with them to ensure their overall arrangements in respect of safety, health and wellbeing are standing them in good stead right now, it has helped create resilience which is needed at this current time. These awards do not just happen and it has taken team work to achieve the gold standard once again.”

Comfort Controls has also appointed Jemma Blande as the company’s dedicated health and safety administrator, and wellbeing champion for the group of companies.

The majority of awards are non-competitive and mark achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels.

Gold medals, president’s awards, orders of distinction and the Patron’s Award are presented to organisations sustaining the high standards of the gold level over consecutive years.

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