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ScotAsh Achieves Investors in People Health & Wellbeing Good Practice Award

on Mon, 02/02/2015 - 10:51

ScotAsh has achieved the rare distinction of attaining the Investors in People (IIP) Health and Wellbeing Good Practice Award at the first attempt.

The company was evaluated against IIP’s Health and Wellbeing framework in parallel with their re-accreditation  for the main Investors in People standard – which was also successful.

The Health and Wellbeing Award involves being assessed against 10 performance indicators relating to health and wellbeing at work – and providing evidence to demonstrate that strategies are in place, actions are being taken, performance is being measured and improvements are being planned.

Areas of best practice highlighted by the assessor included ScotAsh’s robust health and safety culture, its strong spirit of mutual co-operation, strong and effective leadership and the commitment by staff to being the best they can be.

The understanding and flexibility of the management team when anyone has a health or family issue to deal with has created a culture of staff being prepared to ‘go the extra mile’ for the company, the assessment report said.

ScotAsh has an active wellbeing programme, incorporating awareness and prevention campaigns on a range of health issues, along with activities that promote health, while raising funds for good causes.

A team from ScotAsh completed the gruelling Trossachs PLOD last autumn, raising £2, 276 for the children’s charity Action Medical Research and the company also supported Macmillan’s fund-raising coffee morning.

The IIP Health and Wellbeing Good Practice Award is the second such accolade ScotAsh has achieved in less than nine months. The company received the Healthy Working Lives Bronze Award last June.

Katrina Manson, Finance Business Partner, who administers ScotAsh’s IIP Programme said: “We are delighted to have achieved IIP’s Health and Wellbeing Good Practice Award at our first attempt. We knew we were dojng some good work on health and wellbeing, so we decided to be assessed for the Award without putting any special measures in place.

Katrina added: “This Award is supported by the Department of Health and is a high-level endorsement of the excellent work on health and wellbeing led by Karen Seivwright, which everyone at ScotAsh has bought into.”

ScotAsh is also celebrating 10 years of being an Investors in People business. The company was first accredited to the IIP standard in 2005.